Friday, April 21, 2017

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Little Brown Buds

Can you identify this snake for me pls.   Thank you 

Leon C.

    I recently got home from a week long vacation. When I took my dogs out to pee I noticed a small snake curled up on a towel that I use to dry the dogs feet before I let them back in the house.
    I live in central Alabama and am unsure what kind of snake this little guy is. He has a distinct patten that I haven't been able to find any other photos of. His head was small compared to his body size and appeared to be somewhat of a pointed shape. I have included a picture I took of him before getting him out of my yard. Thanks for your time!

Kevin C.

Dear Dr. Steen:

My child found this little snake under a toy in eastern 
Powhatan, VA. We have had rain nearly every day for over a week. This snake is only about 6" long. I think it is harmless but want to be sure. Apologies for the photo quality. Could you please let me know what this is?

Thank you!


Kay S.

I live in Enterprise Alabama. A friend sent me this picture asking for an id, I generally can I'd most of our local snakes even juvenile but I'm unsure of this one there is just not enough colors or patterns. I'm almost sure it's not a venomous species but like I said I'm not completely positive on this one. If you could help that would be great. I really hate for people to misidentify our snakes and kill them.


Chad T.

From Cary, North Carolina.

Conor M.

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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