Saturday, August 15, 2015

Readers Write In: A Mystery Snake Lurking Under the Dock, and more...

This snake lives near our dock at Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA.  I have guests that often use our home and they are very concerned that this a venomous snake. I have done my homework, but can't seem to tell for sure. After what he's doing to that fish I don't want want to take any chances!  


Ellen W.
Greensboro, Georgia

My wife and came across this snake during our afternoon walk yesterday afternoon.  I identified it as a young copperhead but I understand young cottonmouths can have similar markings.  Can you tell from the photo which it is?  The snake was about 12 inches long.  I am located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Steve R.
Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Sorry the picture isn't the best, my father took it.

Melissa S.
New Jersey

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 point of these posts.

-Assume 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. Don't hate, educate.

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