I am not afraid of snakes, and wondered why I jump when I see one. It's because they startle me, not scare me. I met up with this one this morning while walking the dogs in the back yard. To my knowledge, these three dogs have never seen a snake, and, they didn't see this one because I managed to get them back in the house. Grabbed the camera took a couple of shots, went about my business and when I looked again..... Mr. Black Snake, or Miss Black Snake was gone.