Friday, September 2, 2016

This Week's Snake Identification Challenge: 50/50

Good morning Dr. Steen! 

Got quite a surprise this morning when I went to get my birdfeeder where it hangs near a large tea olive shrub. Found myself about 5 inches away from this little guy. Of course, this has to happen while my husband is at work. LOL Once I recovered my wits, and herded my two very inquisitive Australian Shepherds back inside, I grabbed my phone to snap a few pics.

As you can see, he is very much occupied with consuming this bird. When I first saw him, he had not yet started eating it. He had the first few inches of his body coiled around the bird's neck, as he tried to maneuver it to a better location to eat it. 

As much as I would love to leave him be, to help out with said mice population, I am fearful one of my dogs would get a hold of him. 

My plan is to use some soft rubber tongs to pick him up and place him in a pillowcase, then walk him over to a wooded area just outside my subdivision and set him loose in some shrubs near a kind of wet boggy area.

Was hoping you could help me ID him so if I see his brothers or sisters in the future I will know what I'm dealing with.

Thank you so much for your time and expertise!

Terri H.




This snake was killed in eastern North Carolina.  Can you help identify it?  Thanks.

Brandon
North Carolina








Is this another water snake or a copperhead?  Can you tell without a picture of its head?

Jackie C.
North Carolina














This was in my backyard last night, 
North Texas/DFW area.
I'm hearing mixed opinions of rat snake vs copperhead
Thanks for any help you could provide 

Mel B
North Texas 




What Are These Snakes?
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Snake Identification Post Ground Rules

-Guesses are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry if you're not an expert, wrong guesses allow us to talk about how to distinguish between the various species and that's why I run these posts.

-If you can't explain why you think a snake is a particular species, go ahead and just say what you think it is. But otherwise please do let us all know how you identified the animal. If you're wrong, we can explain why. If you're right, this helps everyone learn how to identify snakes, which is the point of these posts.

-This is not a pop quiz, any kind of research is encouraged and I hope you will engage with other commenters to try to figure these snakes out. I will eventually chime in with my thoughts.

-Assume I know what kind of snake is in the picture. I run these posts because they are outreach opportunities. Please don't send me private e-mails with your guesses, include them below.

-Remember, the person that sent me the picture is probably reading your comments. Although it is frustrating to know that many of these snakes have been killed, these people do want to learn more about them. More snake knowledge will lead to fewer snakes being killed. Don't hate, educate.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Biologists Take to Twitter to Advocate for Snakes!



Hey folks if you have been waiting for an excuse to join Twitter, this is it! Hope to see you there for this.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: One of these Snakes is not like the Other!

Hello,

I came across your blog and was wondering if you could just tell me what kind of snakes this is. We live in Colorado and everything I've looked through would say it was a western garter snake but I've never seen one like this before.
I hope to hear from you regarding our question. Thank you for your time.

Jessica I.
Colorado










My daughter who lives in Raleigh, NC was surprised by this snake in her garage.  Can you tell what kind of snake it is and whether or not it is dangerous?

Thanks!


Jackie C.
North Carolina




Hello! We live in Auburn, Al and have seen two of these baby snakes in the past two weeks. We are relocating them due to the fact that we can't be certain of their identification and I have three children and a small dog. I would certainly appreciate help identifying them. 

Thank you!

Shelley F.
Alabama




What Are These Snakes?
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Snake Identification Post Ground Rules

-Guesses are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry if you're not an expert, wrong guesses allow us to talk about how to distinguish between the various species and that's why I run these posts.

-If you can't explain why you think a snake is a particular species, go ahead and just say what you think it is. But otherwise please do let us all know how you identified the animal. If you're wrong, we can explain why. If you're right, this helps everyone learn how to identify snakes, which is the point of these posts.

-This is not a pop quiz, any kind of research is encouraged and I hope you will engage with other commenters to try to figure these snakes out. I will eventually chime in with my thoughts.

-Assume I know what kind of snake is in the picture. I run these posts because they are outreach opportunities. Please don't send me private e-mails with your guesses, include them below.

-Remember, the person that sent me the picture is probably reading your comments. Although it is frustrating to know that many of these snakes have been killed, these people do want to learn more about them. More snake knowledge will lead to fewer snakes being killed. Don't hate, educate.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: A Serpentine Smorgasbord

My friend posted this on FB.  She lives in Conroe, TX.  Unfortunately the picture is terrible!   It looks 2-3 ft. long.  I don't have a photo editing program so I can't make it any better.  :(   

Jamie C.
Texas







I spotted this beautiful guy from horseback while I was training.  He was about 10 feet down from the arena in the cool wood line.  Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures, I just tried to get a few with my phone while I was riding ,

Hope you are having a nice day, 

Thanks in advance,

Sabrena B. A.
South Carolina


Hello,

I stumbled across your website and I'm hoping you may be able to help ID a snake. This snake was found dead, in this position, on my back patio in Northern Virginia (Arlington). Any help would be great!

Thanks, 
Matt
Virginia








David….here’s other one for your blog.  It was sent to me by my sister Jane.  She lives in Grapevine TX.  One of her friends sent it to her.  My first thought was Water Moccasin but later thought Coachwhip. Now I’m thinking Cottonmouth.  

Bill
Texas






Hi David – I found your website on a search – very cool.  


I ran across this little guy on the 8th green of my country club west of Boston, MA.  Looked like a baby to me.  Not a safe place for him so I wanted to pick him up and move him to the woods.   As I tried to pick him up he was definitely rattling his tail and striking at me.  Tough guy – all 8 inches of him.  

Never saw one like him before and curious if you could identify him.  Thanks,

Tim
Massachusetts 

What Are These Snakes?
-----

Snake Identification Post Ground Rules

-Guesses are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry if you're not an expert, wrong guesses allow us to talk about how to distinguish between the various species and that's why I run these posts.

-If you can't explain why you think a snake is a particular species, go ahead and just say what you think it is. But otherwise please do let us all know how you identified the animal. If you're wrong, we can explain why. If you're right, this helps everyone learn how to identify snakes, which is the point of these posts.

-This is not a pop quiz, any kind of research is encouraged and I hope you will engage with other commenters to try to figure these snakes out. I will eventually chime in with my thoughts.

-Assume I know what kind of snake is in the picture. I run these posts because they are outreach opportunities. Please don't send me private e-mails with your guesses, include them below.

-Remember, the person that sent me the picture is probably reading your comments. Although it is frustrating to know that many of these snakes have been killed, these people do want to learn more about them. More snake knowledge will lead to fewer snakes being killed. Don't hate, educate.