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Snakes of North Carolina

Rat Snake Imagine yourself out doing some yard work. Then you freeze in horror. There on the ground is a gleaming snake adorned with brown and pink hourglass-shaped patches. A copperhead, you think, as you and the scaly creature ease away from each other. You must behead this venomous snake immediately. Where’s your hoe?

STOP! Don’t kill it.

Most people are bitten when trying to kill or handle a snake. As a general rule, snakes are just as frightened of you as possibly you are of them. Often they move as quickly as possible in the other direction. Snakes cause no property damage, but seeing a snake or its shed (skin) may frighten some people. Snakes–with their diet of rodents and insects–can actually help protect the plants in your yard and garden. Please click on a link in the table above to shed a little light on this beneficial animal that tends to be shrouded in mystery.