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Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: Snakes in Green

Dear Snake Scientist:

Please identify our snake if you are able.


Lucille M.

Need to know what kind of snake this is it was in my sego palm tree by my front porch I live in north west Florida is it poisonous and are there more?

Deanne T.

Mr. Steen; I have looked at a couple of your websites. Would you mind if i sent you a picture of a snake and you tell me if it is a copperhead. If not what kind of a snake that you think it is. Thanks very much!

Willis R.

What kind of snake is this. Seen him around back yard 4 times now.

Dan S.

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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