Friday, July 29, 2016

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Last Time Was All Cottonmouths, How About Now?


Found this juvenile snake in my yard along the Albemarle Sound in eastern North Carolina. I have taken these pics of him before I released him in the woods. My best guess is a banded water snake but
the very young snakes always give me problems. 

Any help you could give would be appreciated!

Michael H.
North Carolina


Could you please tell me what kind of snake this is? Eno River Park. Durham , NC 

Thank you very much,
North Carolina

David, my cousin took a walk along the Illinois River in Marseilles, Illinois Wednesday and encountered this specimen.  Juvenile Moccasin?  It's got the thick body, but I can't see the head well. In the water, it seems to appear to be a viper. Lighter coloring, not darker, and distinctive patterning.  

Your opinion?  

Brian F


I live in central Oklahoma about 40 miles East of Oklahoma City. I have attached two pictures of a snake we found on the back lawn of our home. We found a couple of snakes just like this last year, too.

I know that a triangular shaped head and cat-like eyes can indicate a poisonous snake. It's hard to tell about the eyes because I don't like to get that close. We assume it's just  harmless rat snake that is considered good but it's just too hard to tell.

Can you tell what it is ? If you want to put it on your facebook page I sure don't mind.

Thanks for your help.

Tami K

What kind of snake is this and is it poisonous?

Derick R.


Derick R.

What kind of snake is this

James N.

Hi David!!!!! My name is Jennifer and I have a question about a type of snake and was hoping you could help! I live in Houston Texas and walked outside this afternoon to find a snake in my backyard curled up on the patio right by the back door as I was taking my dog to the bathroom šŸ˜³ I got away from it and was trying to figure out how we were going to get back in the house again! When I peeked towards the door it had moved thank goodness so I went back out and scanned to see if I could see it well I took a picture it's not very good but I was hoping you might be able to help me with identifying it! My dad is scared it might be a cotton mouth water moccasin.  My house backs up to this empty lot that has overgrown trees and shrubs just to give you an idea of the location and across the street is like a big bayou not to much water in it though.  I will send you the two pictures they aren't that great I'm sorry!!! If you have any questions for me about the snake just email me! Thank you so much in advance for your help! Also my dad wanted me to ask you how to keep snakes out of your yard for the most part... He mentioned a snake fence??? Have you heard anything about those or if they work? 

Jennifer B.

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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