Friday, June 24, 2016

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: They Came From the Depths...

We have a place on Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri (near Jefferson City).  This is a baby, part of a snake family that has lived under our boat ramp for some time.

I'm not particularly bothered, but my wife is beside herself.  And we have small children and pets around.

They do not seem to go on land, although they will spend time in drain tiles in the sea wall, on the rip rap near the shore or in a stack of logs by the water... depending how high the lake is.

I'm going to dry and get a better photo, but hopefully you can tell what we have from this.

Don M.
Missouri




I live in eastern North Carolina and someone killed this snake. Can you help me identify it.  Thanks.

Brandon
North Carolina






Hi I have this snake living in my pond I like in the Austin Texas region. It's about 4 ft long I was wondering if it is a cotton mouth I have included pic and video 

Heather D.
Texas



Hello, I was walking with my daughter near a reservoir, and we saw two of these snakes near the water. Can you help identify them? We recently moved from NYC, so we are amazed by any and all wildlife and want to educate ourselves. We saw the snakes in West Orange, NJ.


Thank you,


Pamela C.
New Jersey




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, June 17, 2016

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Special Alabama Edition




Smooth bellied water snake?  My daughter found this at Kessiel park today.

Conor M.
Alabama




Hi,

I live in Newell, AL and ran across this snake today in the yard. I wasn't able to identify it on the 50 snakes of AL site even though I thought it might be in the king snake family? It was very watchful and gone in a flash after I put the dog inside. I think it was sunbathing after eating maybe as it looked rather lumpy.

I've attached some photos to see what you think :)

Thanks!

Angelina D.
Alabama




I live in Alabama and was cutting grass when all of a sudden I thought I hit a rock but as I turned off the lawnmower to retrieve rock I seen a very long tail sticking out the other side so I panicked bc my 4 yr old nephew was running around playing. Do you know what kind of snake this is. Thanks in advance. Blessings, 

Brandi O.
Alabama


Found this while cleaning out my bushes today. It got away but was wondering if it was venomous. Thanks again. Brandi in 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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What Species is this Feces? Potentially a Snake?

Hello!

I stumbled across your site while trying to research what I found yesterday evening. I appreciate any direction that you may provide as I don't have a picture of an animal - just what I suspect are droppings. 


As I went to get a shovel my dog ate it (gross). My thought is that it is snake droppings - but it's a sizable amount. We live in Elverson, PA which is at the northern most part of Chester County near Berks. 

I have a farm field behind me and some wooded area. 

Again, any thoughts would be helpful. I'm trying to decide if I should contact someone to take a look around as I do have 2 smaller curious dogs. 

Thanks again!

Deanna G.

Pennsylvania

Readers: What Species is this Feces?
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What Species is this Feces 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 feces 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 animal scats, which is the goal of these posts.


-I run these posts because they are outreach opportunities. Please don't send me private e-mails with your guesses, include them below.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Garage Invaders

I found this big guy today under a boat. I live on the East-Central coast of Florida. He is about 5-6 feet long. Very defensive, very hissy, and liked to open his mouth really wide. He made no attempt to take off. Stood his ground like the brave sassy snake he is. My first guess would Eastern Coachwhip, but I've never seen one in person before. He was near an entrance to a known pine snake hole, but I don't think he came out of it. It's very hot (93 degrees) and dry here right now. It was about 6pm. I would appreciate any insight you might have. Have a great day.

Thank you,

Tracy F.
Florida





Good morning,

This snake was jammed in my garage door this morning.
I'm writing you because I haven't been able to find an exact match through google and everyone I've sent the picture to says a different snake!

I live about 45 minutes north of Houston, Texas.
While the body was still hanging a partially digested bird fell out. Other guesses I've received have been; copperhead, cottonmouth, rat snake. I saw a very similar looking snake on a 2 year old post from your website but it didn't have a head. Most of the commenters were saying rat snake.

Thanks!
Donnie
Texas





Location: Southern Illinois
Thanks,
Cris





Dr. Steen:

Got another one for you -- thanks!

Best,

Adam
Maryland



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.