Non venomous snake ID?

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    Found this snake in the yard and almost stepped on him. Wondering what it is, he's nonvenomous, has dark brown round eyes, alternating bands of light gray and a very dark brown bands. Is around 8 inches long.
    I thought he might be a baby Nothern water snake.
    What is he? 20190913_172844.jpg 20190913_172856.jpg 20190913_172849.jpg Walks with Earth
     
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    Kinda looks like a milk snake but not sure. Not a fan of snakes
     
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    Pretty little thing. I couldn’t name it but it’s probably some sort of young rat snake.
     
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    Looks like a juvenile rat snake to me also.

    I'm no expert
     
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    It's a snake. ......
     
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    Just got done realeasing the little fella. Released him in the very back edge of the yard where theres a pond and some pine trees. With lots of hardwood forest behind it.
    Ill have to research into the ratsnake idea.

    Just wanted to get him out of the yard so a cat doesn't get him.

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    Milksnake maybe? Kind of looks like it, kind of looks like a ratsnake too.
     
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    I researched more into the eastern milksnake and I believe the coloring and pattern might be off abit. Milksnakes seem to have a redder appearence to them, and also a more jagged pattern to their bands.
    The ratsnake is sorta close lookin as is the milk snake, but it still might not be the right species?

    I still think it might-might be, a juvenile Northern Water Snake, it looks almost exactly alike to my snake.
    http://thies-times.com/serpentryan/lifelist/Snakes/NorthernWaterSnake02.jpg

    http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critte...ontributors/cynthia_parr/watersnake/?start=30

    If any of you still have ideas, please keep typing them!
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    It’s a common water snake.
     
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    2nd on it's a snake!
     
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    Thats what I'm thinkin.
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    I think your right on the watersnake ID. The more I look at it the less it resembles a rat snake.
    I love the variations in snakes from animal to animal.


    Glad u released it. I've had a hard time keeping captured snakes healthy.

    Only corn snakes ever did well for me. Now I'll catch them, play with them and check them out (if they're willing) and let them go. They're worth more to me out there than in here.

    Watersnakes are quite temperamental. Some just do there own thing and others have a hair across their butt!

    Here is one I came across in 2016. I was squirrel hunting, stepped over a guardrail and it struck my boot 3 or 4 times. Then coiled back to strike again.
    At first I thought it was a timber rattlesnake. And got really excited cause I've never seen a live one in the wild!! I tried to catch it but couldn't get a good pin with my hiking stick.

    It was actively comming at me and trying to strike! I retreated to the roadway and it came towards me for a few feet. It was quite aggressive! IMAG0109.jpg

    And then the completely opposite thing happened last year with my daughter and I.
    We were fishing and 3 mating watersnakes came out from the rocks. 2 went one way and the third did a figure 8 around both our legs , and coiled up with its head on my daughter's shoe. And just stayed there. We both just froze and I nudged it off with my rod tip and it slipped off into the water.
     
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