Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Readers Write In: What Kind of Baby Snake is Eating This Little Catfish?

Hi David,

I found this snake while surveying for mussels in Five Runs Creek, Conecuh National Forest, Covington County, AL.

I’m pretty sure it’s feeding on a speckled madtom (Noturus leptacanthus) but didn’t want to get too close to positively ID and disturb and have him loose his lunch.

I guessed it was a midland watersnake from a field guide. What are your thoughts? It was a small snake (approx. 8”) and guessing it was a subadult.

I enjoy your blog.


Jeff M.
Montgomery, Alabama

Readers: What Is This Snake?

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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