Saddie just had a black snake cornered in the garden! She was on a scent this morning and kept sniffing around the shed. Just now she was in a garden area that we have trees and shrubs with straw in it. She was chasing something low to the ground. Then I saw her in a strange hunching position. I run over to see if she has a lizard or a mouse. Laying there is a black snake. He lunges at her twice. I grab her up and scream snake, snake to hubbie inside. Of course he doesn't hear me. I take Sadie in and holler to hubbie to come out and look at a snake. Of course the snake is gone when we get back out. He was plain black, about a half inch wide and maybe a few feet long. He was looped up on himself a few times. We have checked Sadie and no bite marks. I called Wildlife refuge and described it and they suggest it could be a rat snake. They are not poisonous. I hope that was what he was. We can't find him now. Hubbie has searched the yard. So now I have mice and snakes to worry about!!!!