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Snake Identification Challenge of the Week is Back!

Dear Dr. Steen,

My wife and I encountered this snake (video attached) along the Irondale Furnace walking trail in Mountain Brook, Alabama. The trail runs alongside a part of Shades Creek near the Mountain Brook Club golf course.

If the attached video gets to you as recorded please maximize your volume. You will hear this fellow (or lady) intensify it’s rattle when it realized that it was being followed….

Thanks a bunch for your help to identify this snake and for your writings and blogs to enlighten us on these reptiles.

Doug R.

Hi my name is jason and I would like your help in identifying this rattlesnake.  It was caught in Pen Argyl Pennsylvania.  It was over 2ft long and it was pretty docile until we went to put it into the bucket . Then it coiled up ready to strike but it didn’t strike, it only rattled it’s rattles . Thanks for your time and assistance 

Jason L.

My cat found this baby snake in our house in South Carolina. These are cell phone pictures. Sorry they aren’t better. I am hoping it’s a harmless snake. My young son is scared to go to sleep tonight. Can you tell me what it is?

Thanks so much!

Nancy M.
South Carolina

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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