Finding a rat snake coiled up on a bit of shrubbery is a bit of a surprise. Rat snakes like this Elaphus obsoleta are among the most abundant snakes around, and are incredibly economically beneficial. As the name suggests, they are major predators on various pest species.
This one was just hanging out comfortably on a branch. I nearly walked right past it. The snake didn’t seem to mind me going in for a close-up, which is unusual. These snakes are known to be a bit touchy.
Even though these snakes are quite common and can get up to 8 feet long, they still manage to hide right under our noses.