From Spiders to Snakes — a little help?

Posted By on June 20, 2008

Snake

Ok, so I used ChaCha.com to figure out the spider in this post, but its a bit more challenging for a ‘non-snake’ loving guy to figure out what this snake is? We’re in south Florida if that is any help, but I wasn’t going to inch close enough to this fellow/lady to try and figure out if this was a water moccasin or some kind of water snake. (its pretty big … probably about 6 feet long — click photo for larger image)

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I’m open for links or suggestions … one person here thought that it might have been a pet snake that was released???

Comments

  • Milo Strickland

    If that’s a light colored horizontal “eyebrow” on the head, my vote would be water moccasin. They are not a ‘shy’ snake, so behavior could also be a clue.

    This viewpoint, the back of the snake moving away, is exactly what you want to see.

  • Thanks Milo. A few friends commented that it didn’t appear to be a water moccasin — they suspected a non-poisonous water snake … I didn’t let him nibble on me to test though!
    🙂

    • Daustin11

      That’s a very large brown water snake. Omg

      • Thanks for the comment … my conclusion was that it is an “older” adult Southern “Banded” Water Snake (see lower section of this description).
        http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw258

        In both subspecies the crossbands tend to darken as the snakes age, and large snakes may be a nearly uniform dark-color.

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