Saturday, May 21, 2016

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Some Serpentine Royalty

Hey there-

I took a picture of this snake a few years ago …but I’ve always wondered what type it was. I am located in Atlanta, GA, and this was taken near Lake Allatoona about an hour north of the city. My guess is Copperhead, but I’m not quite sure because the head looks a little rounder than pics I’ve seen online. I’m guessing he was 3-ish feet long.

Brittany M.
Georgia




Now that the warm weather is upon us, I was able to get a good picture of our snake sunning itself.  I'm guessing the attached photo will make for easy identification.

Thanks for you help.




I've attached another photo.  I thought this was a copperhead, but I was at a parking studying a poster about snakes and now I wonder if it is a banded water snake.  Do you know?

Jackie C.
North Carolina


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-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.

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