Friday, December 18, 2015

Readers Write In: How Would You Like to Identify These Snakes?

My guess is that the one in the road is a copperhead (it was about 3 feet long, you can see a car had run over the back part of it) and the one in the sticky trap--less than a foot long--was a brown snake or some other non-venomous one, but please let me know what you think. (And I think that is a wolf spider in the other trap, right?) The traps were on the floor in the garage, right by thentrance from outside. Why do you think the snake ventured inside? We are just moving in, and the house and garage are still empty so can't imagine there was a food source he was after....? 

Bill W.

Thank you so much for helping me figure out what kind of snake this is. The scales on the belly go strait across, they are not in a brick pattern, if that helps any

Brandi M. 

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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