Friday, October 23, 2015

Readers Write In: What is this Snake in the Cat Food?

We have a house along the shore of Hyco Lake in NC (just south of Danville VA). We saw this snake soaking up some sun in the rocks along the shore.  We were not able to see its head just the part of the body that shows in the photo.  Can it be identified by this photo?  Any info would be greatly appreciated because I'm not to excited about living alongside this wildlife.

Jackie C.

North Carolina

Hello! Can you please identify this snake? He was found in Edmond, Oklahoma. Thank you!!

Rhonda S.

Hello again, David--

  You were kind enough to include my snake pictures in your 
latest blog, so I thought I would ask about one or two others. I am confused about the differences in coloration between juvenile and adult snakes. 

Is this a light-colored cottonmouth or some kind of water snake? Thanks for your help. I did forward the link to your blog to my outdoorsy friends and family, by the way. All of my snake pictures were taken at Barker Reservoir, which is on the western edge of Houston, Texas

Cathy N.


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 point of these posts.

-This is not a pop quiz, any kind of research is encouraged and I hope you will engage with other commenters to try to figure these snakes out. I will eventually chime in with my thoughts.

-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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