Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Readers Write In: Are My Children Safe From This Snake?

"Can you please tell me what kind of snake this is? We have small dogs and children running around and my grandfather wants to make sure they're safe.

Amberly K.
Winder, Georgia"

I assured Amberly that it seems as though it's the snakes that need to be worried, not Grandpa. But surely we can all understand the concern one might feel when an unidentified snake makes an appearance in the yard (here are some tips for making sure serpents don't want to be around your house in the first place). 

But, the next time one of these animals appear, let's make sure Amberly knows how to identify it (and especially how to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous species, so Grandpa doesn't feel obliged to kill it). I actually received this photo from two people and the second person said that others had identified the snake as a Cottonmouth or Ball Python and she herself had a sneaking suspicion that it was a Brown Watersnake.

Esteemed readers, can you identify the snake in the photograph? And, while you are at it...don't forget to identify this large golden snake found in an Alabama garage.

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