Ah, black snake season! I saw one this morning, too! I was crouching on the ground looking at it and my son walked up. "Watcha lookin' at Mom--Whoa!" (He almost stepped on the snake and it nearly jumped to get out of his way). Considering he is Mr. Mischevious in no uncertain terms, I'm rather glad I didn't warn him. ;)
Abby, our very young cat, had a garter snake last week. She didn't quite know what to do with it, just carried it around with her for awhile. I hope the poor thing got away from her and escaped!