I almost stepped on this unwelcome visitor when I was preparing to do a plumbing repair on my country home. I was startled to say the least. He coiled and then used his tail to rustle the leaves to simulate the sound of a rattlesnake. His actions combined with the pattern on his skin convinced me, so I took off his head. It appeared on closer examination he may have been a non-poisonous rat snake. However, he convinced me otherwise and paid the price for it. The slight blur is not the fault of my camera, only my nerves.
-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013