Friday, September 25, 2015

Readers Write In: A New Species from Florida and Some Usual Suspects to Identify

We found this guy in our fire station on Longboat Key, Florida. We scared him off but couldn't decide on what type of snake he was. He doesn't look like any rat snake I've ever seen. We live near the mangroves and have a lot of Water Moccasins, one of the guys think he was a young water moccasin.

Kristen R.

Hi, my three year old daughter and I found this snake in central Maryland when walking home from school. She really would like to know what kind of snake it is and if it is a baby. I appreciate your expertise. 

Thank you. 


My son brought it home from the creek. We live in Mount Juliet Tennessee.

Jennifer O.

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.

-This is not a pop quiz, any kind of research is encouraged and I hope you will engage with other commenters to try to figure these snakes out. I will eventually chime in with my thoughts.

-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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