I’m not too well-versed in herpetology, but it was odd seeing a black snake and a rattler sitting side-by-side catching some rays on a rock. Candee and I were hiking from the Spruce Pine Hollow pavilion to Devils Nose on the Tuscarora Trail when we encountered two fellow hikers. They told us about this odd pair of friends hanging out together on the overlook. Naturally, we had to see for ourselves. We snapped a few pictures and checked out the view, and after about half an hour the black snake silently slithered away. The rattlesnake appeared lifeless, but when another hiker lightly touched it with a stick, it raised its tail as if to say, “Back off!” Nevertheless, it was a rare opportunity to get a close look at a poisonous snake, and it seemed more than happy to pose for a few pictures.