crosses the road, looking cross.
tastes the air,
(I'm wondering if he was heading for the chicken house again. This morning we were missing a few eggs. Hmmm. Last time he showed up, Larry dowsed him with a bucket of cold water. Might be time for another bath.)
I just call these 6-footers black snakes. Do they have another, more specific name? I can't recall ever hearing one.