1. I live in a split foyer home, the basement door is kinda in the middle if the back lower level but further away from the bedroom side of the upper level.
2. My side of the bed, under which my shoes are kept, is furthest from the bedroom door.
3. One of my cats, who shall remain nameless except to say it's not Captain, likes to pile all my shoes up in a mini cairn to keep crickets in that she hasn't finished playing with before killing.
Well yesterday my dear, sweet husband finally remembered to tell me that over the summer he had spotted a shoe cairn while I was at work and upon dismantling it found not a cricket or two but instead baby black snakes.
Now my cats do not go outside, and we have on occasion during the summer had baby snakes work their way into the basement. I have no fear of them and just gently remove them to the far back yard. I'm just trying to imagine my petite half Siamese cat carrying three or four wriggling baby blacksnakes up to my room so she could "cage" them to play with later.