Monday, March 5, 2012

Readers Write In: What Is This Snake?

As you know, I welcome reader questions. The most common question I receive involves identifying snakes found in and around homes  (I previously presented a compilation of these e-mails here). The most recent entry arrived in my inbox last week. I think I have solved the case, but I would like a second (or third, or fourth) opinion.


"Can you help me ID this snake? I found my cat playing with it, I assume that she killed it but I do not know that for sure. I'm not the type to kill snakes, and I'm not too scared of them. I would like to know if I could possibly have a 'litter' of them in my house though.  I think it is a hognose, but I'm not sure.


Thanks


Brent L.
Mississippi"

So that you all have the same information I did when I identified the snake, Brent informed me (in response to a couple follow-up questions) that he was located in northeastern Mississippi and there is a small pond located about 500 feet from his house.

Okay distinguished readership, what say you? Please identify the species of snake in the above picture by leaving a comment below. In your comment, please describe how you came to your conclusion. 

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