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Posted by Alex, forum owner on June 5, 2010, 1:53 pm, in reply to "Snake
: I found a small snake in my garden
: yesterday curled up underneath a rock
: next to my little pond. The snake was
: brown with thin dark markings making
: the brown parts look like irregular
: circles. It was about 1 foot long, and
: looked 1-2cm in diameter. It stayed
: still for a moment after I lifted the
: rock up, then scurried off quickly. I
: live in a beachy area in eastern
: Virginia, can you tell me what type of
: snake it is?
Probably a Water Snake of some sort. They can be rather common near the beach, and are harmless, having neither fangs nor venom. They are usually very quick to get out of the way.
It wasn't any of the venomous snakes of the area, as they are all slow moving heavy bodied snakes.
The Appalachian Naturalist