I found this snake in my yard in Northeast Ohio. It is not aggressive at all and is prob less than 12 inches do you know what it is? I did not keep this snake I let him go. I only kept him long enough to take pictures I just want to make sure there aren't dangerous snakes around my house!
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@AlongsideWild Looks like a northern watersnake to me, based on dark head and the saddles.
— Alice Wonder (@AliceWonder32) April 14, 2014
@AlongsideWild Not from Ohio, but I'd say not a pit viper... =)
— Samantha Biobabbler (@biobabbler) April 14, 2014
@AlongsideWild - guessing a young Northern Watersnake. May be a Fox but don't they usually have more markings on the head?
— Jeff G (@sworrag) April 14, 2014
@AlongsideWild Baby Nerodia sp.?
— Hugh Griffith (@rockpaperlizard) April 14, 2014
@AlongsideWild I think it's a juvie rat snake.Thought fox snake at first, but head is too dark.
— JenSteck (@JenSteck) April 14, 2014