Last week two of my favorite non-poisonous snakes appeared by the back door of the nature center sending Ms. Jan running for identification help. As soon as I spotted his mottled black body with a white belly, his rounded eyes, I knew he was a friendly sort. The only problem with him was he wanted to come into the (air conditioned) animal lab and I wanted him to continue to guard the outside. With some encouragement (my hiking stick) he moved back into the cool forest where I met another non-poisonous snake that was black with yellow speckles, commonly known as the speckled bellied Kingsnake. I am always happy to see this snake and it was the second one I have seen this year. The snakes are on the prowl this time of year due to the warm weather and little rain. Just remember snakes are not all bad.