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Snakes on a Plane – Or at Least in my Backyard

We have had several friendly snake visitors to our house the past few months.  While I often dismiss them as harmless, my wife is always concerned that we have poisonous rattlers roaming the yard.  I usually try to get a picture of each one so that I can try and make a positive identification.   Here are two of the most recent vipers.

This little guy appears to be a Eastern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus.

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I believe that this is a Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta), although my wife is convinced that it is a Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus).  What do you think?

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One thought on “Snakes on a Plane – Or at Least in my Backyard

  1. Dylan Cooper

    The top one is a common garter snake and the bottom is definately a juvenile black rat snake

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