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Old 08-29-05, 12:42 PM   #1
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Help identify this snake

This snake appears to have made our backyard pond its home. I'm not really sure what it is though. It's probably just over a foot long. Not very thick either. Any ideas?

My wife is a bit hesitant to get in the pond to clean it until we figure out what the snake is.



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Old 08-29-05, 12:42 PM   #2
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Old 08-29-05, 12:46 PM   #3
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fuck that, I'm staying away especially from water snake
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Old 08-29-05, 12:46 PM   #4
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cottonmouth/water moccasin or just a common water snake

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Old 08-29-05, 12:49 PM   #5
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I dont think water moccasins have that shape of head. Theirs is more diamond-shaped I think. Water Moccasins are also 'pit vipers'--this snake in the pic has no pits that I can see.
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Old 08-29-05, 12:51 PM   #6
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I'm hoping to get a closer shot of the head. I have had others think it's a cottonmouth, but not very sure though.
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Old 08-29-05, 12:52 PM   #7
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I dont think water moccasins have that shape of head. Theirs is more diamond-shaped I think. Water Moccasins are also 'pit vipers'--this snake in the pic has no pits that I can see.

yeah, I it was just a guess. I was going by the markings. all I know is I would have took off running if I saw one
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Old 08-29-05, 12:54 PM   #8
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I say leave it in there and you will not have rodent problem. I does not look like a venomus species to me. You may post the pic on kingsnake.com they have a big section for reptiles over there.
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Old 08-29-05, 12:55 PM   #9
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Looks like a common brown water snake to me.....

http://www.southalley.com/album_nerodia.html

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Old 08-29-05, 01:02 PM   #10
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I dont think water moccasins have that shape of head. Theirs is more diamond-shaped I think. Water Moccasins are also 'pit vipers'--this snake in the pic has no pits that I can see.
Yeah, I'm with Save Ferris on this one . . . it's head is waaaaay too narrow to be a water moccasin. It think you are looking ad your basic "water snake":

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Old 08-29-05, 01:03 PM   #11
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Old 08-29-05, 01:03 PM   #12
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Definitely not a watwer moccasin. This is what one looks like and the two I killed as a boy looked the same:



Mocassins also have more of a crest on their back instead of the mostly rounded back that this snake has.

Here is a decent snakes of Texas page:

http://www.texassnakes.net/pictures.html

My guess is a Blotched Water Snake. There is also a species (not listed there) called the Brazos Water Snake. Regardless, it is probably a non-poisonous Nerodia species.
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Old 08-29-05, 01:05 PM   #13
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It's a Boa perplexor, well known for its ability to elude identification. It's common for you to be befuddled, confused, or flabbergasted. Swelling from the problem "thinking" areas in your head will be greatly reduced in 1 or 2 days.
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Old 08-29-05, 01:09 PM   #14
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La Bella, that does look like the snake in my pond. I'm not too worried, but want to put my wife at ease.
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Old 08-29-05, 01:14 PM   #15
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La Bella, that does look like the snake in my pond. I'm not too worried, but want to put my wife at ease.
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Old 08-29-05, 01:21 PM   #16
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It is still a snake. I'd let someone else f' with it. I wouldn't kill it....but I'd be concerned if I had kids and they played near it.
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Old 08-29-05, 01:23 PM   #17
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a small non-venomous snake is no more dangerous than a frog.
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Old 08-29-05, 01:26 PM   #18
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I don't plan on killing it. If it gets too big and becomes a threat to the fish, I'll move him elsewhere. He'll thin the tadpole population some. Those little toads hump like crazy.
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Old 08-29-05, 01:42 PM   #19
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i think its a trouser snake
google that for more pictures to compare with
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Old 08-29-05, 01:43 PM   #20
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Old 08-29-05, 01:45 PM   #21
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i think its a trouser snack
maybe for you
little Freudian slip there?
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Old 08-29-05, 01:47 PM   #22
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maybe for you
little Freudian slip there?

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Old 08-29-05, 01:58 PM   #23
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You can tell it is non-venomous by the shape of it's head. All venomous snakes have a triangular shaped head.

This will really thin out your tadpole population when it eats the mommy and/or daddy frog, which it will when it gets to the right size.
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Old 08-29-05, 02:10 PM   #24
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You can tell it is non-venomous by the shape of it's head. All venomous snakes have a triangular shaped head.
not true
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Old 08-29-05, 02:21 PM   #25
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not true
yeah, not true.

How does the saying go for those 2 snakes?

"Red on black, friend of Jack. Red on Yellow, kill a fellow.
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