Friday, October 14, 2016

This Week's Snake Identification Challenge: Garage Intruders and Death Pretenders


My hound cornered this eight inch snake today. It was playing "dead" while lying on the ground with mouth open.I live in the midlands of South Carolina on rural farm land with pine and hardwood surrounding.
Thank you for your time and knowledge.


Donita B.

South Carolina

Hi Dr. Steen,

  I emailed you back in the spring with a picture of what turned out to be a corn snake in our rural pastoral neighborhood here outside of Charleston SC.

  I was out running tonight and almost stepped right on this snake. I jumped over it, avoided it and screamed. It lay perfectly still while I took a picture, then took off into the woods. What kind of a snake is this please ?

  Thank you so much,

Jaime P.
Summerville, South Carolina

Good morning, David.  My cousin in Tennessee sent me this pic hoping I could ID it but I can't.  Would you mind giving us a hand?  Thanks.  

Adam S.

Hello again, David.

The hefty fellow in my photos was curled up quietly in my garage today, right by the door. I moved it along to avoid repeating a previous snake squished in garage door incident.

Since this is a bit of a no-neck snake with quite a long tail, I am thinking Water Snake, either Yellow Bellied or Blotched. As always, happy to be educated further.


Norman R.
Houston Texas

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.

No comments: