Can someone ID this snake for me?
This snake was found in front of my house in Atlanta, GA on 9/22/2008. It appeared to be about 12 inches long, maybe a few inches longer. I was hoping to find out exactly what it is. Kinda scary as my 3 year older daughter stepped right over it (but fortunately not on it) before I saw it. Fortunately it was "sleeping" until I nudged it, then it took a defensive posture for a minute then it slithered off under the front porch.
Of course the main thing I want to know is if it's dangerous and if so what is the best course of action to keep my daughter safe.
Here is a link that might be useful: Picture of Snake