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Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Special Alabama Edition

Smooth bellied water snake?  My daughter found this at Kessiel park today.

Conor M.


I live in Newell, AL and ran across this snake today in the yard. I wasn’t able to identify it on the 50 snakes of AL site even though I thought it might be in the king snake family? It was very watchful and gone in a flash after I put the dog inside. I think it was sunbathing after eating maybe as it looked rather lumpy.

I’ve attached some photos to see what you think 🙂


Angelina D.

I live in Alabama and was cutting grass when all of a sudden I thought I hit a rock but as I turned off the lawnmower to retrieve rock I seen a very long tail sticking out the other side so I panicked bc my 4 yr old nephew was running around playing. Do you know what kind of snake this is. Thanks in advance. Blessings, 

Brandi O.

Found this while cleaning out my bushes today. It got away but was wondering if it was venomous. Thanks again. Brandi in Alabama

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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.