Friday, March 25, 2016

Readers Write In: These Alabama and Tennessee Snakes Sure Look Familiar

Dr. Steen,

Could you please help me identify the attached photo of a snake. We moved into a house in the country in West Tennessee last August and have come across 6 snakes. Three of which resembled the attached picture. I know that there are both Cottonmouths and Copperheads in our area. I know it is a juvenile snake, but cannot figure out which one it is. We live within an acre of a large pond and have had significant rain recently, but these snakes have been found in our garage & in the crawl space under our house. I have three children that regularly play outside and I am concerned about venomous snake bites. 

Thank you,

Ingrid S.

Hi I was out in my front yard yesterday when I can across this little feller. I found it when I was transplanting some flowers in my flower bed. A neighbor thought maybe it was a king snake. Can you identify it for me? 

Thanks much,

Pam H.

This snake was in my yard today in west Tennessee. I am not all that sure of what kind of snake it is. I have looked up how to tell the difference in snakes but still have no clue if you could help me figure out how to tell what kind of snake I run into I would appreciate it.

Thank you.

Courtney G.

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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