According to our newsgathering partners at the News & Observer, the 5-foot snake was a nonvenomous brown water snake.
The Swamp Park posted the picture and suggested a river otter was behind the kill.
River otters can grow up to 4' long, weighing 23 pounds.
They are aquatic predators and have been known to eat other predators.
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