Black Snake Near MM 72 on the C&O Canal

This fine looking fellow was climbing a tree near mile marker 72

This fine looking fellow was climbing a tree near mile marker 72

While taking a short walk on the C&O near Shepherdstown, Candee and I came across a relatively big black snake hanging out in a tree.  About a week ago, we had a snake encounter above Pearre Station.  We think that one was a corn snake, but we’re not positive.  Corn snake or not, it was well-behaved, but I couldn’t be too sure about this one.  I’ve had a few experiences with cranky black snakes!  Granted, he wasn’t as bad as the garter snake that kept striking at us a couple of years ago (on December 24th no less!) near Indigo Neck.  Many of our recent hikes have taken us away from the C&O, but I prefer to have my snake encounters on the towpath–where I can see them!

This was a pretty big snake.  I would say that it was at least 5' long.

This was a pretty big snake. I would say that it was at least 5′ long.

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