Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Readers Write In: Water Moccasin? Snakes in the Kitchen? Help Identify These Three New Snakes!

Please look at the attached picture of a snake in central 
illinois near peoria. Is it a northern water snake or is it water moccasin or other? Im worried becasue it is small pond right behind my house where the kids play and fish. Also I dont want to kill this snake unless i need to. 

Matthew M.
Central Illinois

This weekend while gathering large rocks, I found two of these, under one the rocks. While taking my phone out for a picture, one of them disappeared. They were the size of nightcrawlers, I actually thought that's what they were when I first saw them. I was in the Ozarks, in South Central Missouri. I'm curious about the yellow band before the head.

Thank you,


I found this snake in my kitchen it was about 9 inches long. I live in south Carolina. Is it poisonous?

Travis W.
South Carolina

Readers: What Are These Animals?

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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