One night I was climbing up the “hill” in our backyard. Well, it really isn’t a hill, it’s only about 4 feet high! It is our septic system and we have planted it as a daylily garden and put two “recycled chairs” (which really means we got them for free at the town dump) on top to sit in. Low and behold, look what was on the path!
My neighbor says it is a Checkered Adder. Feel free to Google “Checkered Adder” to learn more. I can tell you that he liked to open his mouth very wide and show us the pink inside. I guess we were supposed to feel scared away by that. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a very good picture of him (or her) doing that.