Saturday, July 11, 2015

Readers Write In: Wrestling Copperheads (?) and more to ID

Morning Dr Steen.

Thank you for the work you do. Sadly, I did not have a great introduction to snakes: people chased me with them when I was young, my mom was very afraid of them....I found this fellow yesterday when I was in my yard, moving soil. He unfolded from the dirt pile. Interestingly, he was blue when he was perturbed and a paler tan/grey when he was not so. 

I looked at a couple of photos to see if I could find out what he is.... and am wondering if he's a baby black racer ?

Take care - and thanks for sharing your expertise.

Susan B.

Today's excitement was finding this little fellow wandering around in the house. It made strenuous efforts to hide under the drier, but I managed to toss him out by lifting him on a wad of checks I happened to have in my hand when I encountered him. There must be a joke in there somewhere!

He was rather aggressive, particularly given his diminutive stature.


Norman R.
Houston, Texas

Almost ran over this happy couple yesterday. Copperheads?

David L. and Larry W.
Vicksburg, Mississippi

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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