2 feet long, on path
This snake was about 2 inches thick at the mid-section. I could not get it to move away. I struck the ground nearby, prodded it 3 times. Each time I prodded it, it whipped around and partially coiled and prepared to strike. Maybe it was guarding a nest in the big log between it and me.
Snake was digging a hole in the mud bank
Constricting what appears to be a worm snake Carphophis amoenus.
Mason Farm Biological Preserve, Orange/Durham Counties, NC
Lampropeltis getula (Common names include eastern kingsnake,common kingsnake,chain kingsnake, (more)) is a harmless colubrid species found in the United States and Mexico. It has long been a favorite among collectors. Eight subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.