Friday, December 4, 2015

Readers Write In: Three Different Snakes from Nevada, Georgia, and North Carolina to ID

This beautiful snake was found in a canyon right behind our rental home, about 1/4 mile off Highway 208, Wellington, NV. Stumbled upon it on one of our morning hikes with our Daschund/Beagle dog.

It waved the tip of its tail like a rattle snake briefly.
Length : about 1.5ft.
Thickness : about the size of my thumb

May G.

Can you help me and my grandchildren id the snake we have just seen crossing our yard in the rain in Atlanta. It was about a foot long and slowly slithered to under stairs.

Mike F.

Found in charlotte, nc. Its a baby, about 5 inches long. Thanks for helping out!

Ryan E.
North Carolina

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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