Monday, August 5, 2013

Readers Write In: What is This Oklahoma Snake that Escaped a Glock?

Hi David,


    My cousin - who lives in Edmund Oklahoma - got freaked out by a snake he saw outside his house. He said it was a killer rattlesnake at least 8 feet long and it was crazy aggressive. He took a pic with his cellphone, and went in to get one of his glocks, but by the time he got back outside it was gone.

    He emailed the photo to me to ask what it was.  I told him it was probably a snake, maybe 3 or 4 feet long, that if he didn't KNOW what species it was to leave it alone, and just be glad that he has less rats, mice and related vermin in the area, and that nature let him see something so unique. I told him that the reason it wasn't there when he got his Glock was probably because it was scared or cold or hungry, or something else that had nothing to do with that snake really wanting to bite him or his children.  I was in the Army for 4 years, and the Marines for 6 years, and to me snakes are like bees, I've seen a lot of them, but never seen one that would go out of its way to attack ANY human unless it felt there was no other choice.  I still live in North Carolina, and there are a lot of snakes here, but every live one that I've seen in its environment has been quite happy to not have anything to do with me - that includes the bushmasters, fer-de-lance and anaconda snakes that I saw in Panama during the time I spent there, and although people in this area think I am nutty, I will go out of my way to move a copperhead off the road because I am concerned that nature's balance doesn't really account for pavement and Chevy's.

    So  - I have a question for you - of course - can you identify the snake in that photo? 

Best regards,

John A.
North Carolina

    I summon ye forth readers to name this snake, Klaatu Barada Nikto.

    This is a blurry picture but I think there is enough here to identify this animal. Here's a clue: it took me a moment to figure out because this species looks different in Oklahoma than it does in the southeastern United States.

    What is the identity of this (lucky) Oklahoma snake? Don't forget to indicate how you made your ID.

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