Snake in Ottawa garden
Welcome August!! This morning the first thing I saw in my garden was a ground hog feasting himself on my Swiss Chard and as I ventured off the deck after that critter I spotted a snake, head protroding from my veggie garden into the grass. I stopped, grabbed my camera and got a shot, but of course he disappeared back into the vegetation. This is not a very good shot, but he seems to be black with a yellow belly. I have been scouring the Internet for a couple of hours trying to identify it. Can anyone tell me what it is and if it is venomous? I hate snakes and am afraid of them. I am not squeamish and will squish all matter of insects, earwigs and even slugs with my bare hands, but snakes are a different matter. I have been gardening in Ottawa for over 40 years, 27 in this location and I have never seen a snake. I would like it to go away - what has attracted it to my garden is a mystery, so an ID would be appreciated. Thank you.