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please help ID snake
Posted by Donnie on May 12, 2006, 9:41 pm
I live in Fayetteville, NC. About 7:30 this evening, I came across a snake in my backyard curled up underneath my riding lawnmower. We have a pretty good sized wooded area butting up to our yard, and it has rained a bit in the last few days. I almost stepped on it but slowly backed away - the snake did not move, but raised its head and opened its mouth, which was white on the inside. It was tan, black, and caramel-colored. I thought maybe it was a cottonmouth or copperhead, but it appeared to have round pupils. It was kinda thick and about 16-18 inches long. Sorry my post is so long, just want to be as descriptive as possible. Thank you!
The Appalachian Naturalist