Friday, June 9, 2017

Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Texas to North Carolina


Can you please help me identify this snake from Austin, TX?  He was about 3.5’ long (missing end of tail) with a thick body and triangular head.  He has been placed back into nature.

Thank you for all you do,
Michelle N.

Hi! I came across your website when I was looking to identify as snake I came across earlier today so thought I'd write to you and get your thoughts on this banded, brownish colored snake I came across this afternoon. 

I got a couple of pictures and initially thought it was a Black Racer but as you'll see from the pics, that's probably not accurate. Could this be a cottonmouth?

Ravi D.
North Carolina

My nephew found this and wants to keep it! Can you please tell me what kind of snake this is and if it's OK for an eight year old to raise!

Dawn M.

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-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.

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