Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Readers Write In: Mystery Trail Camera Snake and More to ID

Hello. Can you please help me to identify the young snake pictured below? I live in the woods upstate NY.

Thanks for your help.

Enjoy in joy,

Sherry M.

New York

So sorry for the terrible pics but it's the best my cousin took (nervous!) lol. They live in San Marcos, Tx and allllll their friends on fb insist it's a rat snake. I say nope, definitely a rattler. Can you please help?

Vonda S.

Hi David,

One of my trail cameras took this photo of a raccoon investigating a snake. I think I know what it is, but I want your input. What do you think it is?

It was taken near Thomasville, Georgia.

Jerry T.


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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