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Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: A Snake Rescue and Copper Moccasin Rattlesnakes…

Hi,  We have a snake I was hoping you could identify.  I am sure it’s a copper moccasin rattlesnake but my hubby says not.  But it does have a pretty face and I couldn’t find another picture like it. We live in Elmore County AL on the southeast rim of the Wetumpka Crater.  We live at the top of this hill and a creek runs about a quarter mile downhill from us and there are a few ponds in the overall area but we are pretty dry  here.  I am sure he crawled on my porch to munch a brood of baby lizards that have been living there for a few weeks. He is inhabiting the pine straw in the garden area at the moment.  Thanks in advance for your help.  

Linda U.


Could you please help me identify the snake in this picture? I am in the West Georgia area. The picture was taken at the end of September. Poor guy(?) got stuck in my garden fence running from the lawnmower. I cut him out safely. I like having unpaid rodent control.

Thank you,



My wife saw this snake in our backyard this weekend and now is scared to go out in our yard. Need your help identifying it so I can get her out of the house. We live in Birmingham, Alabama and have a fairly good sized lake in our neighborhood. Houses on both sides of us have young children, so neighbors are concerned too.

Greatly appreciate the help,

Ed B.

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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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