Friday, April 7, 2017

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Famous Bluffers.

I'm thinking baby hognose. Biggest question is Southern or Eastern. Feel Free to use on your snake ID posts. What say you?

Thank you.

Tim T.

Have also seen a black one. What is it? Harmless but looks and acts like a cobra. 

Bob W.

Hello David!  I found you name while during a search in trying to identify this snake.  My son and I saw it today crossing a path in the CREW trust just east of Naples.

It looks like a baby cottonmouth to me but I know little of snakes.  I will just add that as I tried to approach it (about 5 feet) for a picture, it raised its head and opened its mouth quite widely...scared me back!

Thanks for your help.

Rick P.


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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