"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.
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.