Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Readers Write In: Let's Cut To The Chase - What Are These Snakes?

I'm in southwest Louisiana in Deridder.

Ronald C.

Southwest Louisiana in Deridder

Saw this on my back patio twice yesterday. There is stream 
nearby and woods too.

Gina S.
Bedford, New York

I saw this guy on a trail in East Texas on the verge of a mixed 
forest, near a creek. My guess is a coachwhip snake. 

Timothy A.
Houston, Texas

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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