Sunday, April 12, 2015

Readers Write In: The Next Batch of Snake Identifications For You!

 One early evening a couple weeks ago, I found what I thought was a stick in the bottom of my pool. I fished it out to find it was this little guy. He was terribly sluggish, whether from the cold water or I assumed the chlorine. He seemed to be making a get away, so I left him to recover. He is the smoothest snake I ever saw, with his scales looking almost like skin.He also has unique marking along the front portion of his head and "upper" body sides, reminiscent of a fish to me. I would put his length at about 14 inches. Couldn't find him in an ID website either.

What did I encounter?

Corky D.
Central Florida

Recently I was camping on Sapelo Island in south Georgia. 
While romping in the woods we came across this little guy. He held that pose for quite a while before he had enough of us and headed off into the bushes. Could this has been an indigo snake?

Jim J.

Hi Dave,

Love the blog...My son found this dead 6” snake in Putnam 
Valley NY town park last weekend in Sept. We do have timber rattlers in the region, there’s a well known den right on the A.T. south of Bear Mountain, and one was photographed in Garrison NY backyard last fall (east of Hudson River). Son and I have seen several at the den site across the river in May & September but from this photo I can’t tell for sure if it’s a timber.

Tom G.
New York

The snake from Bucks County, PA

Bob S.

South Jackson County, Florida

Janice W.

Readers: What Are These Animals?

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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