The rocky space underneath our front porch has been a den for hog nose and coachwhip snakes. We’d noticed a few freshly shed skins on the slope in front of the house, but hadn’t seen the snakes — until Memorial Day that is. Stepped out on the deck, looked down, and there was a coachwhip, enjoying the warm air and the warmer shale.
Eventually, he wound back under the porch, with only one semicircular loop showing his range of colors.
These beautiful snakes are a velvety black with large patches of black-trimmed pink scales. You can see more of Arkansas’ herps at: http://www.herpsofarkansas.com/Snake/HomePage.