Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Readers Write In: Is This a A Bad Snake and What is Crawling Through Tuskegee?

Hi Dr Steen, 

I or should I say my dog found this guy in our back porch by barking like crazy, I knew it was something as I looked where he was barking there I find this snake, thank god I was able to convince my dog to go inside. I went back out and was able to zoom my phone and get a few pictures, many are telling me it's a Water Moccasin, which I know is a bad snake, of course to me all snakes are bad because I'm very afraid of any snake.

Can you please take a look and let me know what the snake is...?
Thank you for your help

Bonnie H.
Texas

Dr. Steen,

I came across these two as while driving in Tuskegee National Forest. Unfortunately, the brown one had already been run over so I wasn't able to tell his head shape, and I didn't bother to look for fangs. Could you please help me identify these two?

Thanks for your time,
Chris H.
Alabama

Readers: What Are These Animals?
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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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