A few days ago, as I was walking along the path at Hammock Hill Nature Trail I spotted a dark snake lying on the boardwalk. I didn't have my camera with me, so I pulled out my brand new smart phone. I intended to take a still photo, but because I hadn't yet mastered the settings, I took the video below by mistake. The video is a bit jumpy because I kept moving the camera and pressing the button in my vain attempt to snap a photo.
By the time I figured out my mistake the snake had slithered away. I never got a clear look at its head, but I have the distinct impression that it was triangular.
Below is a Wikipedia photo of a cottonmouth. Note the light colored areas on the lower part of its body, and compare with the video (you might be able to get a decent still shot by pausing the video at 10 seconds).
(Photo by Fjguyote)
You be the judge.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free, state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082113.htm.