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Readers Write In: A Mixed Bag of Snake Identification Requests

Found this snake trying to get in, Not sure about it. Any help? It is aggressive and its tail quivers just a bluff I’m sure…..


Pike County, Ohio

Found this snake in my house today and can’t really tell what it is. Any help identifying it would be much appreciated. 

Thank you,

Geoff B.
South Mississippi

‘m about 3 miles from the Ashley River, but they installed a retention pond in the school yard behind my house last fall. Should they be a concern for me? Or are they beneficial?

Thanks so much

 for the info.

North Charleston, South Carolina

The brown patterns were a lot more brown, nearly caramel/toffee in color, and the underbelly was a sandy color. this instant film casts a strong green hue over everything. Also, it was obviously quite young, haha. what’s your take? I relocated it off of my parents property, as a precaution and now I feel bad!

Seamus H.
Frederick County, Maryland

I saw this lil’ guy on my front porch where my grandson plays…at first sight, I thought was a copperhead due to its color, but after looking again, it looks like a young diamondback…only with no apparent rattles. What is it?

George C.
Maurepas, Louisiana

Readers: 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 goal of these posts.

-You can safely assume that 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.