Friday, August 5, 2016

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: A Serpentine Smorgasbord

My friend posted this on FB.  She lives in Conroe, TX.  Unfortunately the picture is terrible!   It looks 2-3 ft. long.  I don't have a photo editing program so I can't make it any better.  :(   

Jamie C.

I spotted this beautiful guy from horseback while I was training.  He was about 10 feet down from the arena in the cool wood line.  Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures, I just tried to get a few with my phone while I was riding ,

Hope you are having a nice day, 

Thanks in advance,

Sabrena B. A.
South Carolina


I stumbled across your website and I'm hoping you may be able to help ID a snake. This snake was found dead, in this position, on my back patio in Northern Virginia (Arlington). Any help would be great!


David….here’s other one for your blog.  It was sent to me by my sister Jane.  She lives in Grapevine TX.  One of her friends sent it to her.  My first thought was Water Moccasin but later thought Coachwhip. Now I’m thinking Cottonmouth.  


Hi David – I found your website on a search – very cool.  

I ran across this little guy on the 8th green of my country club west of Boston, MA.  Looked like a baby to me.  Not a safe place for him so I wanted to pick him up and move him to the woods.   As I tried to pick him up he was definitely rattling his tail and striking at me.  Tough guy – all 8 inches of him.  

Never saw one like him before and curious if you could identify him.  Thanks,


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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