: While clearing a garden I unearthed a
: black snake about 10 inches long with a
: bright orange tail. This orange was red
: orange and was only about an inch
: long... Can you tell me who he was? He
: slithered into a hole in the earth
: beneath the rock I upended. thanks
Without knowing where the snake was found, it is impossible to tell what kind of snake it is, since reptiles have such extreme local variations. It sounds like a type of Ring Necked Snake.
It is harmless at any rate.
The Appalachian Naturalist