: I found a 6-7 inch snake while mowing
: this afternoon. It is a copper/bronze
: color with a darker colored head. It
: has a bright orange belly and a lighter
: bronze stripe down it's 'spine?' that
: ends in what looks like a spade behind
: its head. Any idea what type of snake
: it is before I let it go? Have small
Hey, don't panic. It does not< match the description of any venomous snake found in the US. However, if you could tell us on the forum here what part of what state in the US you found it, we probably could tell you exactly what it is. Locality is terribly important in identifying reptiles (and amphibians too).
No fear at all; it is indeed harmless. I am guessing from the description that it might be a Redbelly Snake, and if so, could be full grown.
The Appalachian Naturalist