Good morning all!
Snake slept peacefully alone under the couch, Gracie and I slept peacefully together in our bed at the other end of the house. All had a good night's rest and now the hunt begins again. Apparently, Gracie was on guard all night because she slept against me on the bed edge and immediately checked the couch before she went out. Since she can smell it, it must be under the left end of the couch.
I think I have figured out how it got in so, I will go out and move the bench it used to come through the grill. I will leave the door open while I do that in the hope that snake will leave when it smells and sees freedom (the door is almost opposite that end of the couch).
I have repaired the damage caused by the sheriff's deputies and cleaned up the mess the search made and we will see what today brings. I hope if any more cops come to my rescue they aren't afraid of snakes....bless them but, fraidy cats aren't needed. It turns out that Snake is a baby - teenage maybe - as it is only 12-15" long and it belongs outside where it can catch mice (Gracie takes care of those that get in). Wish Snake and me luck today....I hope that this can end today.