Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Readers Write In: Today's Snake Identification Challenges

Okay, I have one more for you, then I’ll leave you alone. I’m trying to redeem myself. This one was shared by a co-worker and fellow Boy Scout leader. They came across this guy while on a campout this weekend in St. Clair county. 

Larry W

Hoover, Alabama

Hi David,

I photographed this snake in the lake at Fort Yargo State Park in Barrow County, Georgia, on May 6th, 2015. I was setting up to photograph a landscape when I caught the motion as it swam into sight. I got one chance at a shot before it swam out of sight, and this is it. It's a young snake, probably about 2'6'' long, and beautifully patterned - much more striking than I was able to capture in this shot. I'm guessing it's a Northern Water Snake but I'd appreciate an expert opinion.

Joan K.
Monroe, Georgia

Hi! Me again! Any clue on this one? He's pretty. 

Amanda L.
Loganville, Georgia

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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