Here is a new wild neighbor that I met today :) I was taking a walk-about on Ruffner Mountain this afternoon, enjoying the incredibly cool air. As I approached a nearby wetlands area, I met this young Grey Rat Snake crossing the footpath. As I learned later is typical, he / she ‘froze’ in defense.
I was respectfully cautious, took a couple of pictures and went on my way. As I left the wetland area, returning to the previously traveled footpath, I noted he / she had moved on. NOTE: Gray Rat Snakes are not venomous.