Saturday, August 13, 2016

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: One of these Snakes is not like the Other!

Hello,

I came across your blog and was wondering if you could just tell me what kind of snakes this is. We live in Colorado and everything I've looked through would say it was a western garter snake but I've never seen one like this before.
I hope to hear from you regarding our question. Thank you for your time.

Jessica I.
Colorado










My daughter who lives in Raleigh, NC was surprised by this snake in her garage.  Can you tell what kind of snake it is and whether or not it is dangerous?

Thanks!


Jackie C.
North Carolina




Hello! We live in Auburn, Al and have seen two of these baby snakes in the past two weeks. We are relocating them due to the fact that we can't be certain of their identification and I have three children and a small dog. I would certainly appreciate help identifying them. 

Thank you!

Shelley F.
Alabama




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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