Looks to me to be a gopher snake. Gopher snakes are far more common in this area as the habitat is better suited for them. Notice the smaller stream-lined head that is not triangular in shape. Triangular shaped heads are typical of venomous snakes. The hissing and tail rattling are also common for a gopher snake. They evolved the tail rattling to mimic rattle snakes and avoid predation. Hopefully this snake was released somewhere suitable like a vacant field.
JBUSH was right — I had a talk with Eric after he called animal control services, and it turned out to be a gopher snake.
I agree with JBUSH’s comment that the shape of a snake’s head is really helpful in identifying a rattlesnake — a rattler has a distinctive, wide, wedge-shaped head.
Apparently, Eric’s gopher snake displayed the “mimicry” behavior of shaking its tail like a rattlesnake.
Better safe than sorry!
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