I went out to water the potted plants the other day, and wound up scaring up a lubber (a giant grasshopper).
It tormented Shotsie.
I've had a rash of these things around my yard over the last month.
I've also seen the black snake around the screen door a few times now. Last time I saw it go under the bench on the deck. I got my camera and just got a couple of shots of it's tail.
The snake is about 2- 2 1/2 feet long. I love my black snake. Did I ever post the photos that Woodrow got of him/her behind the shed?