Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Readers Write In: Mystery Fish Eater and Tennessee Yard Prowler-What Are These Snakes?

Two loyal readers of the blog recently received snake identification requests and wanted them to appear here. So, I include them both below. Readers, your snake identification skills are becoming legendary-keep up the good work.

1. Don't have tons of info. Was a forwarded picture I got from our hospital nutritionist. Her uncle was kayaking on flat water on the Yellow River [Newton Co, GA]. He took the picture. Everyone of course thought it was a cottonmouth but I doubted it. Glad to have your input.

J. K.

2. This snake was in my front yard in Bon Aqua TN.  I live on a hill with fields and wooded areas and a creek bordering the bottom.

Karen B.

Readers: 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 goal of these posts.

-You can safely assume that 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.

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