Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I'm not one hundred percent on this one, but I believe this is a Brown Snake. The first thing I wanted to determine after I saw it was whether it was venomous or not. I knew that it wasn't poisonous for two reasons: first, the pupils are round and not elliptical (cat-like) and second, there is no 'pit' between the eyes and the nostrils. Both of these characteristics are present in the only venomous snakes found in our area of Appalachia: the Copperhead and the Timber Rattler (click here). Besides the Brown Snake, the other possibility is that it might be a Northern Water Snake, after all, it did slither off this log into the creek -- but their markings are banded and this one is blotched. I checked out two snake identification sites here and here -- and both led me to (hesitantly) conclude that this is a Brown Snake. Anybody out there know if I got this one right or not?
Labels: Reptiles and Amphibians