This location is within the Regina septemvittata (Queen snake) recorded range. Snake was totally calm while sunning such that I could use normal lens
I almost walked by this one; it was so large that I dismissed it as a water snake for several seconds.
Sitting on limb above creek surface, with tail in water but most of body out of water (see photo).
The queen snake (Regina septemvittata) is a species of nonvenomous snake, a member of the colubrid family of snakes. It is endemic to North America.