Northern Redbelly Snake, Loyalsock State Forest, PA

I'll start off my series of photographs from my trip to north/central Pennsylvania with a Northern Redbelly Snake. While generally considered a common snake, this Northern Redbelly was the first of its kind that I have had the opportunity to see. The Redbelly Snake is a small snake, with an average length of 7 to 10 inches, that spends much of its time under rocks, logs, and other debris on wooded slopes and ridges. The color of the Redbelly Snake is highly variable, with some having a brown top, while others are gray. The belly of the Redbelly Snake is, understandably, red. In this image I flipped the snake over in order to better show its defining characteristic.

Northern Redbelly Snake, Loyalsock State Forest, Pennsylvania, United States.