Red Rat Snake  
Of all the snakes I find while working in my yard and garden, the colorful rat snakes are my favorites. They are extremely friendly and absolutely beautiful.

Pick up any snake at your own risk; most wildlife is best left alone. Disclaimer stated - so far I haven't had one of these try to nibble on me.

 
The under-side of this snake is a distinctive checker-board pattern:
Red Rat Snake
Red Rat Snake
Red Rat Snake
Red Rat Snake
Red Rat Snake
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