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Are Snakes Waking Up? Are These Corn Snakes?

It has been a long winter but snake identification requests are slowly starting to roll back in….

Good evening.  I took these photos of a snake on the road which I believe to be a corn snake.  My wife told a guy we saw he snake up the road and he insisted it was a Copperhead and that it should be killed immediately.  I told him I thought it was a Corn Snake but it could be a Copperhead as I’m no expert. Just for my edification…Corn snake, Copperhead or something totally different.


Jim T.

I found this beauty outside my garage door in south Florida. My wife nearly had a heart attack and wonders if the rest of the family is in the garage or the house. Can you identify it for me and let me know if it is a harmless corn snake.

Garry M.

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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