Just encountered a very lovely Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta, or common Black Rat Snake! It was all black on top with light flecks of pale white scattered randomly along the spine in a broken pattern. Its tummy was creamy striped with light brown. Had a long blue/black tongue. Quite FANTASTIC! I'd say the snake was approx. 5' long.
Snake was chilling in the backyard, ominously beneath the bird feeder where Chippy the Chipmunk also like to hang out. I've noticed the Chip seems to be spending more time in the front yard and this may be why.
I gave the snake a little pat and she/he didn't really seemed bothered at all, just moseyed on along toward the wooded area in back. It is a beautiful summer day & I think that snake was out enjoying the sun. It certainly didn't give a darn about me.