This evening, I had a HUGE surprise when I opened the side door off the garage. All I can say is I'm glad I turned on the porch light first. It happened pretty quick but I saw a head rearing back and I heard a rattle. I screamed and slammed the door closed. We've seen a couple of snakes this summer- we think they were a gopher snake and a garter snake but the previous owner said he had not seen any rattlesnakes. I'm sure he hasn't seen any on the porch! I was trying to take a few pictures to show The Man but was only able to get one because the Goaty Boys showed up. After I safely put all the animals away the snake wasn't on the porch any longer. Since we've been belly crawling under the deck to gather the errant chicken eggs we'll definitely need to rethink that retrieval method.
By the way: Hawaii does not have snakes.