Monday, June 9, 2014

Readers Write In: This Snake Bit Me, What is it? And More...

1) This picture of what I think is either mating green snakes or yellow rat snakes was taken on the deck of our beach cottage on Seabrook Island, SC. Thought you'd find the "intertwined" snakes interesting. Can you identify and confirm this is a mating ritual?

Vincent S.
ok, South Carolina

2) Wondering what kind of snake this is. It was found in Springfield, Il. We have a built-in pool in the back yard and a wooded back lot behind our house. We put the snake out in the field and it came back twice. He was placed probably 40 feet from where we found him. Should we be concerned?

Steven D.
Springfield, Illinois


3) Could you help to identify the attached snake? We had a friend just bit by this one.


Mark A.
Cullman, Alabama

4) What kind of snake is this?


Readers: What Are These Snakes?

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.

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