Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Readers Write In: A Little Bit of Everything to ID

Oh, man! I was hoping for the Hog Nose. I’ve never seen a Rat Snake that light in color before. Most of the ones I’ve seen look the one (on right). My wife saved this one from the road in our neighborhood. I took him to Oak Mountain to keep him from running into one of my less snake friendly neighbors. This one is a Rat Snake too, correct? 

Larry W.
Hoover, Alabama

Found this beautiful but scary snake on our front step. I'm concerned about my 19 month old daughter, who often plays in the front yard.

I'm torn between safety for Lily and respect for the critters who were here first. I want to encourage my grandchild's curiosity about wildlife, including snakes. How can I nurture her enthusiasm but keep her safe?

I want her to appreciate and respect wildlife but I worry because it was found on an oft traveled path.

Teri CB

Can you help us possibly identify this snake in our pool? We are just curious as we don't want to kill a non-venomous snake.

Amanda L.

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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