Thursday, June 18, 2015

Readers Write In: Two Copperheads and a Cottonmouth? What Do You Think?

I just killed this snake. I also found a huge one 2 days ago just like it. I think they are living under my house. I live in central Florida. Is it a cottonmouth/water moc?? Help! I am petrified! I am so worried about my dogs.

Thank you,

Marilyn K.
Brooksville, Florida


We saw this beauty on an evening walk around the lake. We live on Lady Anne Lake, Huntsville, Alabama. the west side of the lake is divided by a narrow strip of land and Coopers Marsh is on the other side, fed by Lady Anne Lake. This snake was close to the waters edge, I think he was looking for dinner. We are thinking it is a midland water snake, but some think its a copperhead. Thanks for the ID!! :) 

Diana Carter
Huntsville, Alabama


We found this snake entangled in netting for grass planting. It was dead but looked like it was molting. Thinking its a water snake but seems to be copperhead color. It was about 3' long with a skinny first part and thick at the end.

Thank you
Barbara G.
Loudon, Tennessee

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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