We have talked before about what snakes can be harmful and which ones are a big bonus to have around, and I thought I would share one of my bonuses with you today. This is a black racer, and such a great snake to find in your garden. They have an important job to do, are completely harmless, and beautiful to watch in action.
You can see from this picture that they are long, very slim bodied, slaty grey-black, and often have a white chin that is clearly visible. If you see this fellow slipping under a log or behind the shrubs, PLEASE don't take a shovel to him. He's a good guy!! And he's performing a valuable pest-riddance service for you at no cost to your wallet or your environment.
This one is about 3 feet long, and could add another 2 feet or more, though I've seldom seen them longer than 4 feet.