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#1 chimp

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 09:22 AM

I was out turning my compost this morning and looked underneath the steps outside my house and there is a snake there. His head is buried between the house and the wood of the steps so I couldn't make out the shape of his head. I shot some pics and am wondering if anyone of the reptile folks here may have an idea.

I tried to drag him out with a rake but he only flashed the under side of his tail and "dug" in so to speak.

If he's not poisonous I don't want to kill him but if he is he has to go because I have dogs and don't want them to get bitten.

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#2 johnnydigital

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 09:37 AM

Not sure where you live, but looks like a copperhead to me... they love wood piles and shit like that... leaves, etc. I can't tell for sure, but he looks poisonous to me.....

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 09:49 AM

I am in copperhead country for sure but I cannot recall ever seeing one since I have lived here.

I googled copperhead and they all have patterns on their backs...this snake doesnt

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 09:58 AM

to me looks like a type of corn snake , but without seeing its head really hard to tell .

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 10:02 AM

I did a regional search for snakes and it is apparently a red bellied water snake 'Nerodia Erithrograst'


It is not venomous. :eusa_clap

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#6 johnnydigital

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 10:02 AM

OK, no patterns on it, i couldn't tell... How long is the snake?

Oh sweet! I see you've discovered what species it is. Good deal. :)

Pretty neat looking snake with that bright orange belly.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 10:05 AM

I did a search on Google and think it may be a red bellied water snake, not poisonous. http://www.uga.edu/s...akes/nerery.htm The second picture you showed looked like he was trying to turn over and flash his belly many harmless snakes will do this to try to scare off predators. That's not to say that some poisonous snakes can't/won't do the same

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 10:53 AM

Good luck with the snake, glad it's not poisonous.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 11:29 AM

Certainly is a red belly water snake.

No other snakes in the US have such a distinct orange/red belly like that :)

They eat insects, small fish, amphibians, and sometimes rodents.

Pretty harmless, but will bit if messed with. Not venomous.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 07:26 PM

NOT a copperhead

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 07:41 PM

I have seen those jokers before.It is a Red Bellied Watersnake.

/me passes left :rasta:

EDIT:

I did a regional search for snakes and it is apparently a red bellied water snake 'Nerodia Erithrograst'
It is not venomous.

:weedpoke::weedpoke:

/me taps J out.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 07:43 PM

yeah copperhead is brown and have a pit viper shaped head as pretty much all venomous snakes to, that is a very beautiful red belly, it will keep your place free of rodants, I tend to leave all snakes alone unless they are in my way then I move them, but, I never kill one, unless of course its trying to eat me.


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Posted 31 May 2009 - 07:47 PM

I had to kill a water snake at my sisters house the other day.my sis an her roomate was freaking out and the kids play in the area so the snake had to go.I did throw the snake over in a open area and im sure a bird had a good feast from the kill.

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 11:02 AM

The snake is still there as of this morning. I think it's a girl and is trying to have some babies or something either that or it has it's head stuck which I doubt.

Last night I was looking at it and it was "clearing" a spot with its tail ( notice the dirt is all smooth now).

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#15 EmmisonJ

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 12:52 PM

looks like an ancient sea serpent of some type
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 12:57 PM

i would say that it is a red belled....weird that its still there tho...........

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 02:24 PM

Wish I had neighbors like that! She's gorgeous! I want a head-shot!

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 02:32 PM

It left or got eaten after almost 3 weeks. One morning it was just gone. I never got to see it's head.

I hope it just got away...those red bellied water snakes are good for killing rodents and large insects and I'm all for that.




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