23 October 2009

Scenes from the Commute: King of Snakes

It's been unseasonably warm here for the past couple days. It was still 75 degrees when I left work last night and I though I might see a snake or two getting in a last minute hunt before the weather tuns cold.

Low and behold, I spotted this beautiful Eastern King Snake in Umstead Park. It was totally dark in the park, but his black outline stood out against the white sandy roads. This is the first King Snake I recall seeing out in the park and they are certainly an interesting species.

Did you know the King Snake is immune to the venom of pit vipers and will even eat poisonous snakes such as Copperheads?? Yikes!

Happy trails!