Sunday, April 26, 2015

Readers Write in: Three (Live!) Mystery Snakes


I'm in Virginia, Loudon County, a bit north and west of the capitol. This is in a small run near a wooded acreage, very close to homes actually. I'm from Chicago so snakes are waaay out of my element.

Found this beautiful creature this AM, swims well. can you advise what type of snake and fish this is?

Thanks for any help, 

Barb K.
Loudon County, Virginia

Hi David,

A friend today was surprised by a snake she didn't recognize
 and I'm not sure either. We're in Rochester Michigan and snakes this large aren't commonly seen. Seems like it's a Northern Brown Snake at first look but the head appears too wide. What do you think? Appreciate your thoughts.


Pete M.
Rochester, Minnesota

I am in McCormick, SC and came across this little snake today. I was wondering if you could help me identify it. I tried to zoom in on it's eye but couldn't really see. It was in the leaf litter by a stream. 


Mea S.
McCormick, South Carolina

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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