"This is going to seem odd, but could you help me identify this?" the patron said, proffering a plastic bag.
Mindful of another librarian I know of who had been asked to identify a LIVE SNAKE IN A BAG, I asked if it was a bug.
"No, it's a snake!" AAAAH!!!!! SNAKE!!!!
I asked if it was dead.
"Oh no, it's alive."
Well, it turned out to be a tiny snake (tied up in yet another bag inside) with an orange belly and a ring around its neck.
Trying to remain calm and not rip through the pages of our snake books, ever aware of the SNAKE BESIDE ME! (SNAKE!), I gave up and Googled it to save time. It was a ringnecked snake. They're very pretty actually.
Then the snake left. He is going to go live at Free Acres now.
If you'd like to see snakes in the library, come see the Lizard Guys on Monday, August 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.