Owl, however, had other ideas. When I was three feet away, he rushed in and took hold of it and began shaking it like crazy. I was really hoping that he would not let go and fling it onto me! I have my limits. But no, he ran with it out a dog door and continued shaking and biting it outside.
Owl, of course, was in seventh heaven. He stood guard over the snake for awhile afterward but I couldn't give him much time to do it.