Frogs, snakes, and turtles seen in our yard in Port Republic. The first three photos are of the large black snake -- a black racer? -- that has spent at least three winters in our yard, as of June 2011.
Our yard's black racer's first emergence in 2011 -- on May 29, just about when it appeared for the first time last year. Likes to sun near the concrete slab where it seems to spend the winter -- and most of every day. We see it for a week or two after emergence and then not again until next May.