sorry I don't have a pic, but I can give a very good verbal description. Not a pit viper of any kind, but I am not sure what kind it was. The facts: Length: approx. 2 - 2 1/2 ' Color: brownish black on upper, underbelly was orange (not red, not yellowish, but ORANGE) head shape: slight wedge, fairly narrow, not pointed at all other head characteristics, no "pits", no vertical pupils, brown eyes had a very distinctive musky smell, similar to that of a skunk. This poor girl or guy had crawled into some old deer netting that we had used for the run cover until our record-setting ice storm of '09. There was a section on the ground just under the drip line of the chicken house and I'd had it on my, "I need to pick that up" list for quite a while, obviously. I don't know how long it had been there, and wouldn't have noticed it if my cats (who regularly follow me into the chicken run now, and the chickens and guineas just go, "oh. It's you.") hadn't been doing the weird, "stand tall, slap fast" stance they do with snakes... It was probably either going after the mice who are plentiful, or it could have easily crawled up through one of several rotten places around the bottom of the chicken house. I finally got the roof replaced; now I need to replace the bottom 4' all the way around. So now, does anyone have any idea what kind of snake this was? It wasn't aggressive at all, but that may have been due to being trapped for no telling how long. I got my gloves (just in case -- I'll help anything I can, but no sense in being a total fool... ), scissors, and a plastic bucket. I covered the snake's head gently w/ a flat strip of wood and started cutting away the netting. It took some time, as there were cuts and raised scales from the attempts to escape, but I finally got all the netting cut away and pulled out the embedded pieces under the scales. I carried it across the road into a vacant lot with some tall grass and let it go. I really hope I don't see it again; at least not on my side of the road, and hopefully not flattened ON the road. OK, now -- any ideas on what kind it is?