Friday, May 19, 2017

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: A Southern Snake Smorgasbord

Could you identify this snake for me?I live in central Alabama and me and the kids were out in the woods and saw hazel nuts..I reached down to pick one up and this calmly went over my finger I thought it was a worm at first then realized it wasn't by the way it moved....his head is deep dark black solid top bottom and sides,his body was a light brownish red then last nt turned more of a dark brown he has two striped on each side of spine,he doesn't have a distinctive ring where head and body meet like a ring neck...People have told me red bellied snake and brown but he has tan or cream colored belly,his scales under plate are double and appears he has a stripe going across is back also???I hope you can identify him.

Nina J.

Hi David

We return to visit our son in Atlanta and discover the attached in the basement. Is it an Eastern garter Snake?
Mike F.

We live in Tennessee. What kind are these?

Josh B.

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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