Black snake about 1.5 feet long. Faint gray stripes. Large head, but seemed to be sick or poisoned and moved slow.
Orange phase adult
Pattern grades from striped to blotched
This is a mangrove salt marsh snake, Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, close to shedding. The snake was basking above the shaded mangrove shadows and somewhat oblivious to my presence -- until, of course, I I plucked the snake up for some photos. Mangrove salt marsh snakes can be highly variable in coloration.
~ janson jones,