What kind of snake?

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  1. RangerXanatos

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    My mother found a snake and was wondering what kind it is. It was so small I couldn't tell. I thought maybe a cottonmouth as it is brown and was in a moist/wet area but I couldn't distinguish any marks.
     
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    Hard to tell from the photo, but doesn't look poisionous.
     
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    Here it is a little larger.

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    I didn't think it looked poisonous either as I couldn't distinguish and scale markings or the triangular head, but brown and wet... I wasn't going to mess with it.
     
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    I am by no means an expert. But that looks to be a Garter Snake. It is definitely not a cotton mouth and and is not posinious.
     
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    Either a garter or a bull snake
     
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    No bull snakes in GA (No bull, lol )

    Though its head looks a little big, I think it is Storeria dekayi , Brown snake. Its a lighter version, but they have different markings depending on where they are from. http://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/stodek.htm

    Just by chance, Were its eyes orange?
     
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    I didn't get close enough to see the eyes.
     
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    Looks like a brown to me as well. People in Atlanta see them and scream "It's a baby copperhead" We find them dead on the trails a lot. Very sad...
     
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    Yeah, being a snake lover from the South, its a common site for me as well. Copperheaded moccasins, ETC. But, same as with carrying knives, the public's opinion on a subject can be diluted from actuality.
    In most of North America (with the exception of the rare Coral Snake), a good rule of thumb is a cat-eye is a venomous, round pupil is not.
     
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    It could be a young King Snake, but I am not sure. I agree with the others here that it does not seem to be venomous.
     
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    4 toxic snakes in america. All pretty easy to identify. Coral snake. Red and yellow kill a fellow. Only one other snake looks like it and it is a king snake. Red and black. Rattle snake well he rattles. Water mocassin, ugly as sin, dark color but look at his head. He is a viper. Head looks nothing like this one. and the copper head. Which is also a viper. The heads on a viper are pretty easy to tell the difference IMO. Its like comparing a jack russel to a pit bull. They have a not so friendly look with larger jaws. WM is the only one i have ever had chase after me. The others tend to want to get away. WM will charge and strick. But a trusty oz of hot lead from a shot gun slows them way down.
     
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    Yup. I'll share if you're not too hungry.
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    It's a common garter snake. Here's one I saw while hiking in West Virginia:

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    That series of black squares down it's back is a dead giveaway.
     
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    No...just a snack.
     
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    One would burn more energy picking him up and chewing than what he could provide...

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    I believe the scales from the anus to the end of the tail will also tell you if it is poisonous. If there's a double row its non-poisonous and if its still a single row it's poisonous?
     
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    Both snakes are red, yellow and black banded. The easy method to tell which is which is to remember the poem "Red touch yellow, kills a fellow. Red touch black good for Jack (or venom lack)"
     
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    +1 for harmless Brown snake. All venomous snakes in NA, with the exception of coral snakes, have wedge shaped heads.
     
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    No such thing as a poisonous snake, now a venomous snake is a different story. Poison is ingested, venom is injected into the bloodstream. Its a harmless brown snake that plays a significant role in our ecosystem by keeping the rodent population in check.
     
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