Saturday, May 27, 2017

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Four Dead Snakes (including two blue ones)

Hello my name is June and yesterday I ran over a snake by accident with my truck right at the edge of my properly entrance. It looked like a stick and wasn't moving until I hit it. Can you please tell me what kind of snake it is for the safety of my children and grandchildren? I would like for them to know what kind of snake it is especially since I want them to learn all they can about snakes for safety, and because it was strange to see a snake not moving and staying in the shape of a tree limb with its head up like a smaller twig sticking up off the road. Since it was dead I took several picture's of it to try to identify and also allowed my family to see what was close to home so they would be careful outside. We have had cotton mouth snakes in our pond and yellow ring neck snakes already. I live in middle Alabama and have never seen this kind before. Please can you help me.

June M.
Alabama


Please identify the snake in the picture. I thought it might be a milk snake. War Eagle.

Paul L.












We live in Fort Wayne, IN. Last April, this snake was hit in my driveway. :(  Looks like a blue racer but the color seems odd.

Rick P.
Indiana










Can you identify this snake?  Canaan Valley is in north-central West Virginia. The color was very odd, and was dead, in case that has an influence on it. 

Helen M.
Virginia

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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