Thursday, August 6, 2015

Readers Write In: The Latest Snake ID Challenges

He's (??) still hanging around the house (I named him Clyde, btw) and if I get another opportunity to take a more clear picture I'll grab one. He's quite large- must be 6 feet and seems to be quite fond of my garden. (The red bricks he's curled on are 8 inches long.)

Beth R.M.
Buchanan County, Missouri

Dr. Steen,

Could you please ID this snake? Northwest Alabama.

Thanks!

Hannah R.
Alabama

Dayna P.
Franklinton, North Carolina

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 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. Don't hate, educate.

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