it was an eastern racer

It’s World Snake Day, and here’s my favorite species in the Northeast: the eastern black racer (Coluber constrictor). It’s not venomous and can’t harm people, but it compensates with sheer bravery, bluff, and as much smarts as a snake could possess. I like to think that it’s the inspiration for the beloved snake Louise the Larger from Madeleine L'Engle’s book A Wind in the Door and others.

anonymous asked:

Hurray! I was wondering what snakes are native to your area? like locally to you because I see you take plenty of pics of them!

In my area we get western ratsnakes (called black ratsnakes a lot, Pantherophis obsoletus whatever the local common name is)

Prairie and Speckled Kingsnakes

Rough greensnakes

A couple subspecies of Racers, Coluber constrictor, and the Eastern Coachwhip

Ring-necked snakes

Midland brownsnakes, which come in a variety of shades

around ponds you can find midland and plainbellied watersnakes, and eastern gartersnakes, which are always angry

on the venomous side, we have copperheads and cottonmouths, and timber and pygmy rattlesnakes

there are more, but these are the more common and/or ones i’ve encountered

all pictures from herpsofarkansas.com!