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December 9, 2019



A couple weeks ago I found the shed snakeskin pictured above on my side doorstep.

It's over three feet long, which means the snake that shed it was even larger.

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Above and below, close-ups.

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Below, what appears to be the head end of the shed skin.


I know nothing about snakes but it sure looks scary to me: rattlesnake? copperhead?





FWIW, I've never seen a snake in the vicinity of my house in the 36+ years I've lived in it.

December 9, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


Be careful: Seen on TV recently....

“ Keep your eyes OPEN and after watching I Was Prey last week (so scary) well the rattlesnake that he decapitated when he went to move it with a stick the head bit him in the finger and he had to pry the head off his finger and when he did it bit the other finger. This guy said he felt like he was dying and had to have 28 vials of anti-venom but he did survive!!”

Posted by: Paul Tempke | Dec 10, 2019 11:55:00 AM

The biggest snake I saw in cold upstate NY was a black racer. It wasn't happy to see me and took off. It was in an urban neighborhood, sunning itself out by the road.

Northern Black Racer (Coluber c. constrictor)
AKA: Racer constrictor; Coluber constrictor

Identifying characteristics: Large and slender with shiny black smooth scales, white chin and grey belly. Juveniles have patterned backs. Similar to the Black Rat Snake, but smaller in diameter and has grey underbelly (much darker than the Rat Snake’s).

Size: Average adult length 4-6 feet. Young are roughly a foot long.

Habitat: Bushy areas, swamps, rocky hillsides and meadows.

Food: Carnivorous constrictor. Rodents, birds, eggs, frogs, lizards and insects.

Temperament: Docile, but defensive.

Venom: Not poisonous.

Other Info.: Will slither away quickly when confronted, but if cornered will coil, shake its tail and strike.

Posted by: Greg | Dec 10, 2019 8:40:29 AM

Look at the tail...you can tell if it is a rattlesnake from that.

I grew up in Arkansas and that was the ONLY thing I remember from snake skins there. Where I grew up, we had rattlesnakes, water moccasins, and copperheads to deal with as our poisonous snakes. Generally in the same backyard. This time of year? They are all looking for something to hibernate under. Don't reach under woodpiles if you burn logs -- get a log grabber and stand back. Most of the time, if you back up, they won't advance...they just want to be left alone.

I say this with an absolute fear of snakes.

Posted by: clif | Dec 9, 2019 11:16:31 AM

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