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Posted by John Styner on September 25, 2001 at 13:09:28:
In Reply to: Snake question posted by joe on September 17, 2001 at 19:43:47:
Northern Pine Snake because of the hissing. Hognose hiss also but they are not 3 feet long but much shorter. Also they would flatten the neck like a cobra while they hissed. Several snakes in that local will hiss but only the Pine hisses as you say "loudly" I have seen several Pine over the years in Wharton SF. Also a pine snake can at times toward the rear be considered a yellow snake with black diamonds on it.
: My son and I were hiking on the Batona Trail in Wharton State Forrest in Atlantic County, NJ when we came upon a snake that was crossing the trail. It had yellow and black diamonds on it's back. It did not have a rattle. We only saw the back half of the snake, but estimate the length around 3ft long. Not want to have a confrontation with the snake, but still wanted to press on, I gave the snake a nudge with my walking stick. It moved a little, but was still blocking the path. After a minute or two I gave it another nudge in which it cleared the path, but then proceeded to hiss and make spitting sounds loudly. We waited a little longer and the snake decided to go on its way and so did we.
: Question: any idea what kind of snake it was? We kind of think it may have been an Eastern Hognose, but none of the pictures had the diamond pattern and we didn't see the head of the snake (nor did we really want to. We just wanted to go on our way safely).
: -- Joe --