Or, at least on our sidewalk. Yesterday around noon I (Terrill) was walking over to our neighbors' house for a game of chess. I stepped outside our back-door and looked ahead to where our dog Buddy was waiting for me. I took a couple of steps forward on our sidewalk when, all of a sudden, a 5-6 ft. snake shot out from just a few feet from where I was walking. My heart nearly stopped. I didn't have the wits to follow the snake enough to know where it went. Instead I ran to our neighbors', called them, and they responded with an arsenal of sticks and other blunt weapons. Unfortunately (or not!), we never found it.
Looking in our snake book later, I confirmed that what I saw and nearly stumbled on was a Cape Cobra, which the book describes as 'unfortunately...both nervous and deadly'. The snake delivers 120-250 mg (ml?) of venom, of which 15-20 is enough to kill an adult human. Needless to say, I was shook up, and I think we are all being a little more cautions of where we tread. As of this morning, I've launched an offical 'snake habitat reduction' campaign on our compound.