Sunday I looked out the window to see a four foot black snake winding through the yard. Of course I had to go out and investigate. In almost twelve years of living here I have never seen a snake so a big black snake is big news around here.
When I first approached he kinked his muscles up and stayed motionless like a tree root. I touched his tail to let him know I could see him and he instantly coiled up like he was ready to strike. I walked back and forth in front of him for a bit and he gradually relaxed and started to climb the maple tree. The way he climbed that tree was amazing --like he was crawling on flat ground. He slithered right up the side of the trunk with no hesitation or struggle.
I followed him for a while as he made his ascent until he disappeared in the foliage. Later we saw him come down the tree and slither away in the grass. I will keep an eye out for him when I cut the lawn, but my guess is that if there is no prey for him, he will move on to greener pastures.