Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Readers Write In: Please Help Identify This Korean Snake!

My name is Gage and I teach English in Korea. I teach at 3 rural schools and 1 city school. The rural schools are all various distances away from the city, but around all the rural schools are farms. As I was walking to the bus stop from my rural school that's closest to the city(about 20 minutes outside by bus), I saw this snake in the drainage ditch next to the road. It looked mostly green with orange/brownish stripes? at least what seemed like that. Do you have any idea what kind of snake it could be? It's the second one I've seen in Korea, and I didn't have time or my nice camera to take a good picture.

Thanks!

Gage R.

Readers: What Is This Snake?
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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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