: Hi, I saw a brownish snake with black
: stripes down from it's head to it's
: tail on his back on my son's bike this
: evening, any idea what it could be? I
: live in Eastern NC in a wooded area.The
: snake was about 2 feet long.
I think you saw a form of the Yellow Rat Snake. They are not venomous, and are safe to have around your house.
Yellow Rat Snakes can have several color forms, the main one in Eastern NC being rather greenish or grayish with four black stripes. In some light they can look brown.
At any rate you can feel safe because the description does notmatch the description of any of the venomous snakes there. (I can tell you what they are and how to identify them, just promise me you won't try and kill them; they are all threatened by human encroachment, habitat loss, development, human persecution, and there aren't that many of them.) None of the venomous snakes of your area will actively attack humans or pets; most bites in the US are from people "messing with" the snake.
Thanks for writing, and let us know if you see it again, and maybe get some photos.
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