I posted the picture on Twitter because I thought this identification might be tricky for people and I was right, check out all the guesses it received (below).
OK-blog readers, you're up. What kind of snake is this? I've also added a few ground rules that I plan to include in all future snake ID posts. Let me know if you have suggestions.
Snake Identification Post Ground Rules
-Guesses are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry if you're not an expert, wrong guesses allow us to talk about how to distinguish between the various species and that's why I run these posts.
-If you can't explain why you think a snake is a particular species, go ahead and just say what you think it is. But otherwise please do let us all know how you identified the animal. If you're wrong, we can explain why. If you're right, this helps everyone learn how to identify snakes, which is the goal of these posts.
-You can safely assume that I know what kind of snake is in the picture, I run these posts because they are outreach opportunities. Please don't send me private e-mails with your guesses, include them below.
-Remember, the person that sent me the picture is probably reading your comments. Although it is frustrating to know that many of these snakes have been killed, these people do want to learn more about them. More snake knowledge will lead to fewer snakes being killed.
.@AlongsideWild At first glance it looks like a copperhead based on markings, but can't see the shape of his head. Where was he spotted?
— AK Anderson (@A_K_Anderson) April 6, 2014
@TweetsofOld @AlongsideWild bull snake I believe. What was the location?
— Ryan (@RyanBlanden) April 6, 2014
@AlongsideWild it looks like a not so colorful corn snake.
— Fe the Goatherd (@FeInFL) April 6, 2014
@TweetsofOld @AlongsideWild looks like an anerythristic corn snake to me
— Emily (@emmabee108) April 6, 2014
@AlongsideWild Could it be a fox snake? Doesn't match perfectly though. pic.twitter.com/Vnwef3APYb
— Michael S Motorcycle (@mizterfish) April 6, 2014
@TweetsofOld @AlongsideWild It looks like a Texas rat to me. White on the face is throwing me off, but that could be grass next to snake.
— JenSteck (@JenSteck) April 6, 2014
@TweetsofOld @AlongsideWild It's a bull snake, probably from Colorado.
— Suum Cuique (@Wopdong) April 6, 2014
@AlongsideWild I am not sure wich species is, but this belong to the genus Pituophis. Do you have more pictures?
— Adrian (@eidrianj) April 6, 2014
@TweetsofOld @AlongsideWild it's of the genus Elaphe. I'm inclined to say fox snake or brown rat snake.
— Mikey Alday (@justMikeyRN) April 6, 2014
@TweetsofOld @AlongsideWild where is it? It's harmless, so there was no need to kill it. Looks like a Texas rat snake.
— Allison (@bowrll) April 6, 2014
@AlongsideWild Red Ratsnake?
— Kate Ford (@Sixpynce) April 6, 2014