Isn't that fellow a beauty? He was on the Cox Mountain trail when Julie and I were trudging our way slowly up the mountain. We both took a well appreciated breather and made friends with the handsome guy. I don't know much about snakes, but I'm assuming it's a Black Snake.
Fortunately Julie isn't skittish around snakes 'cause as you can tell better here, this guy is big. The trees and such make it easier to judge scale. I think it was 6 feet long but it's more than possible that I'm exaggerating. The length of a snake is as subject to exaggeration as the size of fish--and the end of the story is invariably "but he got away". Besides, guys are notoriously bad judges of length.
Here's what the cutie looked like when I'd followed him a little ways in the woods. I think this was his way of saying that he wanted some alone time. As you can probably guess, at this point I became quite willing to give him more privacy!
Labels: black snake, cox mountain