Monday, June 1, 2015

Readers Write In: What is this Serpentine Pool Invader (and more)?

Hello David,

We found this little guy in our pool. We have found several much larger snake skins around the garden next to the pool and think there may be a familial relation. What kind of snake is he/she?

Jill L.

Hey David,

My mother lives in Newark Delaware and took this pic. I think it's a black snake but not sure. 


I live in midlothian Texas and I've been finding then snakes 
more and more this year wandering about my driveway and even back porch. Please help me identify this snake so I know how to go about them.

Midlothian, Texas

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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