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Old 07-12-2009, 11:33 AM
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Found baby snake cruising in driveway headed into the woods. It was the size of a worm but boy could it move. Wonder what kind? Anyone know?
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:29 PM
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Most likely it is a small black rat snake. We have plenty of them around here.
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:34 PM
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My vote is ring necked snake. Do you have anymore pics? It's definitely not venomous.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:28 PM
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How big was this snake? If it is a baby, then there should be numerous other little snakes nearby and surely you would have seen them.

My feeling is that this is a worm snake, not a juvenile snake.

Worm Snake - North Carolina

Just wish I could see the head more clearly.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:47 PM
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DH votes for ring neck snake and feels pretty certain it is non-venomous.

Then he proceeded to give me the whole, triangular shaped head lesson AGAIN. I reiterated I do not plan on sticking around long enough figure out if it has a triangular head or not...

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Old 07-12-2009, 05:49 PM
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What color is the belly? It's not a rat snake and I don't think it's a ring necked snake, but I can tell you positively that it's not venomous. As someone above stated, I think it's either some species of worm snake or maybe a Red Bellied Brown Snake.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:53 PM
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That is DEFINITELY not a worm snake. They are sort of silvery-colored and very shiny, and the behavior described sounds nothing like them. Worm snakes like to hide under rocks and things, and burrow and eat insects. They're very shy and docile, and if you pick one up it will usually try to burrow into your fingers -- it's super-cute!

I also doubt it's a black rat snake. I couldn't say for sure from the picture, but the way that snake's head looked with its eyes and all, it looked pretty clear that it's a baby or at least very young. Black rat snakes are not black when they're young, but sort of black-and-grey patterned. (At that age, as later, they look very much like black racers, but can be distinguished because of the lack of fading on the tail, and because racers are much more aggressive!)

Mary Ann789's suggestion of ring-necked snake sounds like the likeliest to me, too. My cursory just-now research says that the 'ring' is often incomplete and sometimes missing entirely, which fits with your snake there.

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Old 08-06-2009, 04:03 PM
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i believe that this is a midland brown snake, it lacks some of the pattern that the midland brown usually has but the size and the marking at the base of its neck hints toward that snake. It is not a prarie ring-neck simply because it does not have the distinct ring around its neck, and those snakes have a dark head and a light grey body. It is definitly not a black rat snake because adolesant black rats have a grey and black pattern covering their entire body similar to the rattle snake until the reach 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 ft.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:12 PM
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leave it be - it keeps the copperheads away!!!
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:24 PM
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I think he looks like the dark one when you scroll down under the red bellied.

Redbelly Snake - North Carolina
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