Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Readers Write In: Mystery Snake #1 is eating Mystery Snake #2!

Here are some recent snake identification requests I've received. Please see below for our snake ID post ground rules!

Good morning,

We found the snake shown on the attached picture in front of our house.

Roberto L.
Cooper City, Florida

Good morning David,

Here are some shots of 2 snakes, one dying, one very much alive. (no human intervention involved). I think I know what the live one is. Perhaps your readers might want to take a guess as to either or both. The pictures were taken not far from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Take care,

John A.
Charlotte, North Carolina

What kind of rattlesnake is this? It had nine rattles and I'm 5'7".

Lisa H.
Des Arc, Arkansas

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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