Friday, June 23, 2017

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: That Third One Though.


I just found this guy in a shrub, 4-5 ft. off the ground, in my front yard in Macon, GA. Looks to me like he just had a good sized meal. I'm guessing he's maybe 24" stretched out. My best guess is rat or mole snake. If so, I'm glad to have him!

I'd like to know if you can identify for certain.


Kathy W.

I live in southeastern PA and tonight found this small snake in my greenhouse. After taking the photos, I put him back where I found him. Would love to know what species it is. You can tell scale by the sunflower seeds in the box. 

Kathy S.

I am sending this email to you as my husband encountered an unusual snake today.  Not knowing what kind he researched and found what he believes to be the rainbow snake.  We live on the Wakulla River in North Florida.  I am attaching the photos he took today. Thank you.

Mary W.

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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