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Old 03-03-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
annmikeal
Question Identification???

Got this picture emailed to me today by the insurance guy... He is trying to find out what kind of a snake this is??? The picture is from his phone and it pretty much sucks Help if you can...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/59974359@N08/5494231839/
 
Old 03-03-2011, 12:51 PM   #2
annmikeal
By the way, I was going with Cottonmouth because the scales appear to be keeled, but I cant really see the head...
 
Old 03-03-2011, 01:38 PM   #3
DAND
I agree.......the picture does suck.

If I had to make a guess I would too go with a cotton mouth.
 
Old 03-03-2011, 01:48 PM   #4
annmikeal
Awesome, I posted it on facebook too and I got a response of a Brown Water Snake... So now Im in a loop
 
Old 03-03-2011, 01:53 PM   #5
DAND
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Originally Posted by annmikeal View Post
Awesome, I posted it on facebook too and I got a response of a Brown Water Snake... So now Im in a loop

That is a good possibility too. Wedged head = cotton mouth, head shaped more like a king snake = water snake.
 
Old 03-03-2011, 02:02 PM   #6
matt b
looks like a brown water snake to me, they do sometimes have a larger head than many other colubrids. many water snakes i catch will commonly flatten out their heads and puff up at the same time to make themselves look more impressive
 
Old 03-03-2011, 04:54 PM   #7
AcidRainbow
Cottonmouths don't have a saddle pattern. No way that's a cottonmouth. If I had to guess, I'd say a Nerodia ssp. or some sort of ugly Pantherophis ssp. A face shot would have been nice and an explanation of the habitat it was found in. I assume the location was around what you've listed on your profile?
 
Old 03-03-2011, 05:47 PM   #8
tspuckler
I agree with Acid Rainbow.
Cottonmouths have banded patterns - not blotched.
My first thought was that's a Brown Water Snake.
Here's a Western Cottonmouth I found in October:
 
Old 03-03-2011, 06:13 PM   #9
snowgyre
Yep, definitely brown water snake. Browns tend to have a unique bulldog appearance to them too. I think it's because they have such big eyes. Browns also don't get to be as chunky as a cottonmouth, and can get a bit longer.
 
Old 03-03-2011, 06:18 PM   #10
annmikeal
He tried to describe it to me, but apparently he was a sissy and ran off screaming
 

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