The Red Bellied Snake is actually very timid, and will almost never bite humans even when handled. They normally hide under logs, rocks, and piles of leaves.
These snakes tend to be active during the day and the night, but will become nocturnal in the summer months due to the heat.
They are non-venomous, and their mouth is so small that there will never be any serious harm from the bite.
It is illegal in Virginia to keep Wild Snakes as pets