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Snake Identification Challenge of the Week: A Road-killed Rattlesnake? And More…


I was hoping that you could identify this snake for me. I am in Camden County, North Eastern North Carolina. It was found on the side of the road, my first thought was Timber Rattle Snake, but there are no rattles. Pictures are attached, please let me know

Thank you!

Joseph H.
North Carolina

Hi David,

We saw this cutie on our walk this morning.  A friend of mine gave me a link to your site.  Any idea what kind of snake it is? It was just a baby. When I tried to get a picture it kept lunging as if to strike at me. We tried to ID it on line but we are still not sure what it is.  I live in eastern Massachusetts.

Thank you!

Lorie H.

Is this a copperhead?

Jackie C.
North 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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