I really enjoyed the article. I saw (and photographed) a snake in my Maine garden once and felt honoured to have seen it. It's a shame some people have such an irrational fear of them as they are for the most part harmless.
They can look fierce, even the harmless ones.The first time I made an iris cross a garter snake was nearby rearing up & acting like a cobra. I told it to go away and eat iris borers. Unhappily they don't.