Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Readers Write In: Snake in the Bathtub Edition (grisly photo alert)

Sir, I am hoping you can identify this snake found this evening in my bathroom. My daughter killed it before I got home as she knows we have had pygmy rattlers in the back yard over the years. It is maybe 18" long and I have attached a photo of the dead snake. We have an 18 month old in the room next to the bath and she was very concerned for the child so she took action. I live on 2 and 1/2 acres of oak trees and lawn and am high and dry. Just don't know if there are more and if I should be concerned. I am as severely color blind as one can be and I do not see color but for the brightest of snakes. They all look to be shades of gray and their patterns in general are not perceived well because of that.


Bill M.

Readers, what is this snake and should Bill be concerned? Do you have any tips for identifying this animal without relying heavily on its color or pattern?

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