Friday, May 5, 2017

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Can You Tell These Five Snakes Apart?

I live in Georgetown TX and taking a stroll with my children when  my 14 year old son stopped me and pointed it out. I took a picture of it, did not kill it, but would like to know what kind it is. I said rat snake, someone else said copperhead. I was trying to get a good look of its head. It looked more rounded until I guess we spooked it and it's head lifted and it's like it flared it's head and looked like it was mimic a diamond shape head when we startled it. I dont have a lot of experience with snakes, I grew up to fear them and just leave them alone, but would like to know what it is?Is this a rat snake, copperhead or something entirely different? Thanks for your time

Cereta V

I live in Lovettsville, Virginia near the Potomac River.  Can you help me identify this snake?  


Henry B.


We found this snake crawling out from under the deck.  It was very small, possibly a baby?  We live in Lorton, Virginia in the middle of a forest.  

Jaime W.

What is this?


I found this snake this morning on a mouse catching board. I would like to know what kind it is. I live in west Tennessee in the town of Trenton. 

Hannah W.

What is this?

Nina S.
New York

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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