Mike found this fellow beside the house a couple of weeks ago. I'd forgotten all about him, but as I'm in posting-frenzy mode, I thought I'd show you. It's a common garter snake, completely harmless, not especially common around here, but obviously there are some about. I'm not fond of snakes - I'm not afraid; I just don't like them at all. This one apparently lives under the house. I'll leave him alone, as long as he leaves me alone.