All fairly exciting, and got the neighbours out. Neither police nor fire engine arrived, instead a red Space Gear showed up and 2 young men hopped out with snake grabbers. Snake was darn active, thrashing around and evading capture, so it took them a couple of minutes to pin it down. Once it was caged we got a good look - even though it was still aggressively whipping around inside.
Id'ed as a king ratsnake (臭青母 chou4qing1mu3, or Stinking goddess), apparantly it can release nasty stuff from the anal glands. Thankfully not in this case, as it would've been over our shoe collection. Catchers and snake all departed now, and time for a relaxing cup of tea.http://www.snakesoftaiwan.com/Elaphe%20carinata/species_elaphe_carinata.htm