Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Whenever I walk along the Hammock Hills Nature trail I keep my eyes open for wildlife. Two days ago I stepped onto one of the wooden walkways before I noticed a dark snake just ahead. My footsteps startled the snake, and immediately it slithered down into the vines and vegetation.

I was lucky to be able to retrieve my smart phone and snap this one photo before he/she disappeared beneath the leaves and pine needles.

I am not sure what species of snake this is. I am guessing a mature Northern Water Snake, but I am no expert on snakes. Maybe one of our readers can identify it. (Use the instructions on the right to enlarge the photo.)

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072114.htm


  1. Julie S.7:42 AM

    Perhaps if not a water snake it is a King snake. We have a shy one that lives under our deck here in East TN.

  2. Anonymous9:03 AM

    Could also be a Carolina Salt Marsh snake (aka Carolina Water snake). Hard to see if there is any pattern of color due to shade and shadows. Main ID is that none mentioned are venomous.