: Hi thank you for getting back to me on my
: question to "what was it".I
: live in eastern north carolina.The
: snakes looked young and they were about
: a foot and a half.The spots were not
: round but close to heart shaped or half
: heart shaped.I hope this info will help
: you with its species.Please get back to
: me on it.THANKS DRP.
Hi Donnie. It doesn't sound like Copperheads, as they have dark bands that are narrowest in the middle on a lighter ground color. You do have the Southern Copperhead there, but they are timid snakes, and do not attack people unless the human tries to hurt them. I have seen studies where someone was picking wild snakes up with an artificial hand, and the Copperheads almost never bit! As I said, timid.
Yours sound like either young Corn Snakes, or baby Yellow or Black Rat Snakes. Corn Snakes keep the blotches all their lives, but the Rat Snakes will change color to either all black, or a greenish yellow color with four black stripes. Rat and Corn snakes are both harmless; I have caught Rat Snakes many times in the field, moving them out of roads.
The Appalachian Naturalist