Thursday, July 30, 2015

Readers Write in: A Snake Smorgasbord to Identify

Found this little guy in our living room this morning. We live on a lake in Roswell, GA. Thought it might be a red bellied water snake, but then I read that the babies have more pattern and are born in the fall. Head is darker than body and the orange belly is consistent, though pic doesn't show it. 

Shelley F.

Roswell, Georgia

Hi Dr. Steen,

My brother forwarded me these pics of a snake in southern Georgia. They were wondering if it was venomous. I don't recognize the pattern but the body shape looks like a Hognose. So I'm guessing southern Hognose, possibly shedding. Did I guess right?



P.S. They did not dispatch the snake.


My friend sent me a message with the attached pictures, asking what kind of snake she was looking at in her yard (Albemarle County, near Charlottesville, VA). I ventured corn snake or milk snake (maybe mole snake?) as possibilities...I know it's a busy weekend for you with the release of the Indigo snakes and the possible Gaboon Viper spotting). But if you have time, I would like to know what kind of snake my friend saw. Thanks! Appreciate the work you do . . . I try to do my part by being a cheerleader for these animals, and providing good information for my less than enthusiastic friends.


Laurel G.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Readers: What Are These Snakes?

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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