My wife told me this morning that she took pics of a pretty black spider with red spots yesterday...
I think it's a young Brown snake...
New guy to me.
Spicebush? Not sure yet.
Different than most of the thistles here, this one had a frosted look along the border of the leaves although that seems to have faded.
Found dead in the yard with multiple small puncture wounds. Roughly 3.5' long. Prairie Kingsnake perhaps...Gray Rat?