snake identification?

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  1. Dreams30

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    What kind of snake:

    Is black on top with orange circles on the belly and lives in/around water in NE TX?
     
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    I don't know but I doubt its poisonous. Tell us more about the size.
     

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    about 18 inches to 2 feet long
     
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    no, it didn't look like that.

    It was solid shiny black on back.

    On the belly it looked like orange spots with small black bands between them.
     
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    Sounds like a Black Racer to me.
     
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    Are you just interested in the type of snake or are you concerned that it's posionous?

    Almost all posionous snakes that are native to the US have extremely "V" shaped heads. Their scales form humps over the eyes making them look like they have eyebrows and they have blount tails ... stubby like.

    The colors and markings of all snakes vary so much that it is sometimes very hard to tell just by casual glance exactly which snake you have, but except for the Coral snake, posionous snakes will have "V" shaped heads.

    For the most part ... just try to determine if it is posionous or not.

    With all of the snakes that are now being sold at pet stores ... who knows what you might find these days.

    Look at google / florida snakes for a good picture of a coral snake.
     
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    I would like to know what kind of snake it is....honest to goodness I will NOT be getting close enough to care if it has a V shaped head or not. :eek:

    There was one down by our creek and where there is one, there will be more. It would help if we could ID it.

    On this small homestead we worry about posionious vs non-posionous, we also worry about the other questions concerning wildlife, such as:...will it eat chicken eggs, will it eat all the fish if it gets to the pond, is it good for eating rats, etc.
     
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    Unless its a coral snake (which it is obviously not) The poisonous snakes in the continental US are pit vipers. Pit vipers are commonly heavy (ie thick) bodied snakes characterized by wedge shaped heads and "pits" between the nostrils and eyes. The only common water based pit viper I know of if the Cottonmouth Moccasin, which is a seriously thick critter, black/brown on top, brown on the sides of face, and of course that famous white maw. Very grumpy snake. If your snake is slender (more whip shaped thank hose shaped), oval shaped head, then its most likely nonpoisonous, unless someone has accidently dropped a black mamba in your yard. Hope this helps.
     
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    It kinda sounds like a mud snake. Some people call them hoop snakes, & claim that they can take their tail in their mouth & make a hoop & roll around. (Not true). They have a point on their tail that looks like a stinger, but supposedly they can't sting with it. They are shiny black with orange or nearly red designs on their belly.
     
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    most snakes are non poisonous and very helpful to your localized ecology. It does not sound like a cottonmouth nor a copperhead nor a rattlesnake nor a coral snake so it is probably nonpoisonous. Just learn to relax around snakes and they almost always leave you alone. Now, as for your critters, they will find an easy meal of your animals-esp baby ducks, chickens etc
     
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    We call those Chicken Snakes around here...
     
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    Does it look like this, or similar?

    That is a ring neck snake, there are several variations. We had one before, very tame easy to handle snake. Not aggressive at all.
     
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    southerngurl, how big are those snakes in your picture?
     
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    Does it matter? It isn't posionous. :haha: :haha: ;)
     
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    dreams30, is that your snake?