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Looks like a copperhead; but it's Natrix - a Queen or Grass Snake



2014-04-12 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Dusty Claiborne.
Today, Professor Alan W. Reed,
identified the snake as a Natrix Natrix which goes by many names, among them Queen Snake or Grass Snake.
This snake was captured, photographically, from a safe distance. Its markings are like those of a copperhead, but amateur snake identification is often wrong - and, from the photo, it's not possible to see the ventral side of the snake, where "poisonous or non-poisonous" distinction, with poisonous ones have double post anal ventral scales, while non-poisonous ones have single scales both post and pre anal. We'd love to have authoritative ID of this fellow. - CM
Wuss notification: All of today's photo gallery beyond this frame is snake free. - CM
For letter(s) on ID Click on links: Ed Pipalski sure snake is copperhead. Hold up on rush to judgment that snake is a copperhead. Heather Evans is Not So Sure - thinks it could be a Northern Water Snake and is asking a snake expert about it. And Billy Joe Fudge says that while it looks like a copperhead, he's not sure, and leans toward Heather Evans assessment: The snake? Billy Joe Fudge cautiously leans to watersnake.

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