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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 30 Issue 6, June 1966
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The scarlet snake, one of the state's most colorful snakes, has a pattern of black-edged red blotches separated by yellow or grayish interspaces. Though harmless, it is often mistaken for the poisonous coral snake. Scarlet snakes are most abundant in the Coastal Plain, but some have been found as far west as Clay County. The largest scarlet snake ever found in the state measured two feet. It is very secretive and spends most of its time underground or under groundcover, like rotting stumps and logs. Very little is known of its breeding habits.
The brook trout is the state's only native mountain trout. The rainbow and brown trout are introduced species. The brook trout prefers fast-flowing mountains streams with an average water temperature of about fifty degrees. At one time brook trout were abundant in larger mountain streams, but the intrusion of farming and logging has driven the trout out. Now the only suitable natural habitat for brook trout is in the smallest streams found at higher elevations. Cornell discusses the brook trout's life history and its importance as a game fish.