Our 3rd Graders saw the snake below, a Dekay's Brown Snake (below, right), on our Nature Trail on Wednesday this week. This pencil sized snake is harmless, but is often confused with the venomous Copperhead (below, left). Snakes ARE a reality in the summertime in GA, and while it is important for us to keep safe, snakes are a very important and valuable part of the ecosystem, the web of life. Most snake bites occur on peoples hands as they try to remove or investigate a snake.
UGA's Herpetology website is a great resource for snake ID: https://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/index.htm
Here’s a great story on snakes in the area: https://365atlantafamily.com/snakes-in-georgia/#.WSwZCYjyuM9