My first snake sighting of this year’s LSAMP REU trip;
perhaps a dryad or salmon-bellied snake ( Mastiogodryas melanolomus ), although quite a tentative identification. It appeared to be about to shed—much of its body appeared greyish white as the scales peel away. Edit: it looks like this is probably a bird eating snake, Pseutes poecilonotus, which varies quite heavily in their coloration and includes a morph with the greyish hue that we’ve found. I also reported it in 2015.
Darko and I encountered this specimen along the Loop Trail.