We managed to get the dogs back inside with the aid of a broom, but this snake wasn't going anywhere (hanging on tight to the stair supports methinks).
So I figured I'd grab the macro lens and see if I could get some footage. Apparently with the hood on the lens, it resembles something very interesting to carpet snakes, as he decided to have a very close look (the part of the film I've trimmed off was when his head was inside the hood and thus too close to focus on).
Apologies for the grainy, shaky video, hand-held at iso 6400.
View all photos taken: Saturday, 12th December 2009, This photo: 2:33am