Monday, August 17, 2015

Readers Write In: Feisty and Unique Snakes to Identify




Hope you can help. This little guy was seen on a hike (by my sister) in the Colorado Springs area. The is about 6 inches long and very feisty. She said he was coiled when the came across him and he repeatedly struck toward them. They stayed out of his way and continued on. :-). His range wasn't that great, I'd imagine. 

Thanks for the help!
Elizabeth H.

Colorado







Here is a snake with a unique color pattern I've never seen before and have no idea what he is. Found in central Mississippi Attala county.

JR
Mississippi










Found in Wheatley, AR.

Bethany
Arkansas


Readers: What Are These Snakes?
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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 point of these posts.

-Assume 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. Don't hate, educate.

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