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Old 09-25-2006, 08:28 PM   #1
Northern water snake?

My friend found this in her house (which is near a stream/woods). Best I can figure, it is a juvie water snake. She has also found a 3 1/2 foot snake shed in her basement before. Figure I would post pictures here and get opinions. She wants to keep it, her son adores it, but if it is a native species, we know it needs to go back out.
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Old 09-26-2006, 01:14 AM   #2
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Looks like you found yourself a juvie Northern water snake. Feed him small feeder guppies or rosy minnows several times a week and he should do fine for you. I don't think Ohio has any laws against keeping unprotected native herps so you should have nothing to worry about.


Ron Lech
Old 09-26-2006, 01:29 AM   #3
Thanks I was pretty sure but not positive.
If you possess a native species, according to state law, you have to license it with the state and pit tag it when it reaches 18 inches long.
Old 09-26-2006, 01:50 AM   #4
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I stand corrected on your herp laws my book is out dated. If it was me I would let the kid keep the snake but you do what you think is right

Old 09-26-2006, 02:35 AM   #5
It's my best friends- she is not a snake person. She loves reptiles, enjoys snakes but hates feeding them rats/mice so maybe her son has a chance with this one If it were me, I would keep it. Heck I told her if she finds any more, send it my way.
I personally am against the pit tag law, no problems with license but will NOT pit tag. Terry from Captive Born here in Columbus went to jail over not pit tagging his animals. Personally I think there are better things our government can spend money on than legislation to ban exotics. Right now HB 643 is a big issue here. Ahhh feel soap box coming on, will stop now before I go on a tangent. is the link if you are interested in reading up on it. Pythons/boas over 8 feet are on the list.

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