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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 29 Issue 8, Aug 1965
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North Carolina is one of nine states where the American alligator roams, and its habitat in the swampy areas near the coast is the limit of its northern range. Its average size is eight to ten feet. North Carolina's largest living alligator measures thirteen feet and lives in the swamps of Carteret County. These creatures are extremely shy and prefer the wild areas far away from humans.
The scarlet kingsnake is one of North Carolina's most colorful snakes. This species is readily identified by its scarlet or crimson color and rings of yellow and black completely encircling its body. Its range covers the piedmont and coastal plain. The scarlet kingsnake is harmless to man and feasts mainly on lizards, small snakes, and the young of smaller mammals.