Friday, December 11, 2015

Readers Write In: Watersnake? Cottonmouth? And more to ID

Hi -

First, I found a snakeskin in my garage about 2.5 feet long.   Maybe a month or so later, I saw a snake emerge from that same side of my garage after I had been making noise in the area -it was about 4 feet long.  Haven't had success identifying it yet. I am in the the Catskill Mountain area in New York State. Sorry the photo isn't the best.   Would you help to identify please?

Thank you so much!

New York

Hello, sir. 

I found your site while trying to identify this snake. It's markings are mottled and don't seem to resemble pics of the water snake or cottonmouth. It was sunning on a dock just south of Orangedale, Florida, which is located south of and across the St. John's River from Green Cove Springs. Thanks for your expert help. 

Ray L.

What type of rattle snake is this

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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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