Friday, December 9, 2016

The Week's Snake Identification Challenge (Dead Snake Warning): Closely Related Snakes Require Checking Details and Location - Good Luck!



Could you help identify this snake? See attached. It was 
found last week by Cook’s Pest Control at our gameday house in Auburn.

David J.
Alabama











Greetings,

This snake was going across the street when it was ran over.
 The street is close to my house and I have grandkids so I'm very concerned. Please help and identify this snake in TN.


Tina L.
Tennessee









Can you identify the attached snake?

Thank you

Janet B.
No Location











What kind of snake is this? I live in Oklahoma.

George S.
Oklahoma




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, October 28, 2016

This Week's Snake Identification Challenge: One Of These Baby Snakes Is Not Like The Other





Good afternoon

I am writing in regards to a species of snakes that I have noticed around my yard here in North Miami Florida. I have attached some pictures to see if maybe you can educate my family and myself on what species of snake this is. The pictures are of baby snakes I believe, but my mother states she has seen a much larger one that we think may be the mother. We would greatly appreciate any advice you have to offer along with any idea of what kind of species this might be.


Thank you,
Elizabeth C.
Florida





Hello

I live in Ft Lauderdale and found this guy in my driveway 
dead - I have to assume I ran over him. Although I am on a dry lot- I am 3 houses from the river. I'm thinking this maybe a young water snake based on color. Since I have dogs - I am concerned if this could be dangerous and need to keep a closer eye on my dogs when in the yard. Thank you for your assistance.

Regards,
Brenda H.
Florida

 





Can you id this snake found in my garage in clermont fl

Thanks

Susan
Florida

















Please tell me what is the snake. I'm sure it's not poisonous but I still wanna be sure. Thank You.

Leon C.




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, October 14, 2016

This Week's Snake Identification Challenge: Garage Intruders and Death Pretenders



Hello,


My hound cornered this eight inch snake today. It was playing "dead" while lying on the ground with mouth open.I live in the midlands of South Carolina on rural farm land with pine and hardwood surrounding.
Thank you for your time and knowledge.


Sincerely,


Donita B.

South Carolina





Hi Dr. Steen,

  I emailed you back in the spring with a picture of what turned out to be a corn snake in our rural pastoral neighborhood here outside of Charleston SC.

  I was out running tonight and almost stepped right on this snake. I jumped over it, avoided it and screamed. It lay perfectly still while I took a picture, then took off into the woods. What kind of a snake is this please ?

  Thank you so much,

Jaime P.
Summerville, South Carolina






Good morning, David.  My cousin in Tennessee sent me this pic hoping I could ID it but I can't.  Would you mind giving us a hand?  Thanks.  

Adam S.
Tennessee




Hello again, David.

The hefty fellow in my photos was curled up quietly in my garage today, right by the door. I moved it along to avoid repeating a previous snake squished in garage door incident.

Since this is a bit of a no-neck snake with quite a long tail, I am thinking Water Snake, either Yellow Bellied or Blotched. As always, happy to be educated further.

Regards,

Norman R.
Houston 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.

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.