Added Nov 19 2012
Our complex is seeing a fair number of snakes in our garden patios and around the grass and landscape at the end of the street, and one even got into the ground level of our house. (Yikes.) We think they were nesting around or on the Metra tracks and have been pushed down into our yards by the tracks and bridge reconstruction.
Is anyone else seeing these sneaky snakes? Any tips on how to keep them out of the house, garage and gardens? I tried calling 311 and Metra to see if they had tips on removal. They had a good chuckle but otherwise weren't helpful.