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Old 05-13-2012, 05:38 PM
 
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I found this snake in my driveway. It was very thick and didn't move while we were outside.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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Not a lot of detail can be seen, but looks like a black snake.

Leave it be, it eats rodents and young snakes you don't want around like copperheads.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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I found this snake in my driveway. It was very thick and didn't move while we were outside.
What part of the state?
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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Looks like a black snake with a big meal inside. Probably too full to move quickly.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Garner, NC
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The black snakes right now are quite common. But from the picture, the head looks larger than the typical black snake.

Did it do any loud hissing while you were watching him? If so, its an eastern hognose snake. That picture looks more like the eastern hognose since its a little fatter in the body and the head looks bigger.

Either way, both are harmless and like said earlier, they love to help you get rid of rats and mice.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Its a black rat snake. They are harmless please don't kill them when you see them. If you walk towards him, he will slither away. He is a also just a lil guy. He has a lot of growing to do, and like asheville native said they will eat baby copperhead snakes
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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It's in Havelock NC, I live right next to a large ditch. And I've also had 2 copperheads in my yard. The snake would just sit there with his mouth open looking at us. My first guess was an adult cottonmouth, it was pretty thick. And I was standing very far away.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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What did the inside of his mouth look like? With that size it could conceivably be an old water moccasin. Did you notice any banding, no matter how faded?

Water Moccasin / Mocassin
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I know water moccasins are prevalent around there. I often mention them when people post comcerns about gators.

It could also be a rat snake, or maybe a Black/Rat Snake hybrid. I came across one of those at Cliffs of the Neuse state park once.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure the inside of his mouth was white, I've lived in Florida my whole life and never seen a venomous snake until I moved here 2 years ago. And in those 2 years I've seen 3 copperheads and this one. Sorry to say to everyone that thinks it wasn't venomous, we killed it. We have 3 kids and 3 dogs and we just couldn't take the chance of it being a moccasin. It was definately standing his ground, and I've heard that's what moccasin's do. It's belly was also lighter in color, like an off white. I kinda hope it was poisonous, so I wouldn't feel bad for killing it!
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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