Saturday, September 12, 2015

Readers Write In: You Guessed It - Snakes to Identify!

Hello again

I have a pretty decent picture from my sister and brother-in-law from Colorado. They are pretty active hikers so they are often encountering snakes and know I love the challenge of id'ing. I believe this one is a bull snake. Am I right?

Elizabeth H.

Unfortunately, this got in the house (under a door, maybe) and I wasn't around to notice before the cats did.  Can you tell me what this baby is?  

Sylvia A.
Upstate New York, south of Lake Ontario.

Scott 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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