Friday, April 29, 2016

Readers Write In: Three Snakes to ID in One Pic!


I have seen this snake in my backyard twice in the last 2 weeks.  I am particularly worried as I have dogs who play in the yard.  They are inside dogs, but go out in the yard several times a day... I have been told this is a water moccasin.  There is a bayou behind my house, which has dried up due to lack of rain so I suppose it could have been forced from its regular home.

Can you please confirm whether this snake is venomous or not and what I can do if it is?

Thanks,


Donna K.
Texas





Thank you so much! I think this is three snakes...but could the dark one be actually part of the lower brown one??

Carole P.
Maryland

  








My cat brought another one in this morning and here are the photos. Some are rather blurry, but hopefully you can ascertain what kind it is. BYT it did have a distinct smell, Copperhead????
   

Deb E. D.
Missouri



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.

-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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