Our grass has gotten so overgrown that we are unsure what might be living within. And, this morning, on our way to the car we had a little surprise.
Our eldest daughter and I left the house and started up the garden path towards the car. After a few steps we both stopped, transfixed, staring at the 2 feet long snake that glared at us from the garden path. Unperturbed, the snake reared up a little as our daughter approached it. After a few seconds it casually turned and slid off in to the grass. I ran back in to the house for the camera, but it had long gone before my return.
It had a clear, bright yellow collar on the back of its neck and this distinctive feature later allowed us to identify it as a grass snake. These are not venomous.