Friday, August 25, 2017

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Baby Snakes? Coppermouths? Help These Folks Out!

These pictures were taken in Brady's Run Park in Beaver County, PA, in June of 2017. There were, at least, 2 adults & multiple baby snakes, over 10 from just what we could see. I looked up local snakes but couldn't find any markings that matched these guys. Also, wondering if they are posionous, or not. Just would like to be more knowledgeable of our surroundings, to better, & fully, educate my two little girls, ages 8y & 10y. We are big wildlife fanatics &love everything outdoors, from exploring, fishing, hiking, site-seeing, & we seem to attract &run into so many different types of wildlife, surprisingly quite a few rare, even endangered, wildlife species. Though we don't do anything special or elaborate, just myself & my two girls getting up close & personal with the world around us! 

Thank You Kindly for your time, assistance, & any info you can provide us! 

Sincerely, Your Avid Learners & Off The Beaten Path Explorers, 

Nicole F.
Pennsylvania



A friend found this snake in her driveway. Some thought it was a coppermouth. I thought it might be a garter. Can you help? The location is Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Thanks.

David L.
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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