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Old 06-15-2017, 12:48 PM
 
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My cat caught this guy on the patio, but luckily didn't kill it. She turned the snake upside down, and it has a yellow underbelly. We are in Boulder county, just east of Boulder. We took the cat inside, and the snake was gone in a matter of minutes.

From my internet searches it looked like a Fox snake, but I can't find confirmation they actually live in Colorado. Doesn't look like rattlesnake, which I was afraid of. Have to say, I'm not a big fan of snakes, so now I don't really want to let my cat out in the yard. She usually lounges on the patio most of the day, but if she keeps bringing snakes - no, thanks!
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Rattlesnakes are the only venemous snakes in the Denver/Boulder area, and that is definitely not a rattler. Looks like a rat snake or a gopher snake. It's not a bullsnake because I don't see any yellow.

Snakes of Colorado - Colorado Herping
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:00 PM
 
Location: NW Oregon
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Looks a bit like a Corn Snake. This site has a comprehensive list with clickable links to pictures.

List of Colorado Snakes
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:07 PM
 
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Thank you both!
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:36 PM
 
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OK, this is going to sound like a really silly question... but is that the cats paw in the pic to the right of the snake? First thought was what a good sized snake, until I realized what I think I'm seeing.
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:01 PM
 
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Perhaps a Rat Snake or a Glossy Snake - in any case, a young one. Here is a directory of snake species in Colorado - Snakes of Colorado - Colorado Herping
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:03 PM
 
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OK, this is going to sound like a really silly question... but is that the cats paw in the pic to the right of the snake? First thought was what a good sized snake, until I realized what I think I'm seeing.
Yep, it is my cat's paw. The snake was, indeed, tiny. I posted the picture into one of the "Identify a snake" communities on FB, and was told it's a juvenile racer.
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Old 06-16-2017, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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That snake is, in fact, an immature Yellow Bellied Racer, either of the eastern or western variety. Harmless but will bite you if held. The entire pattern changes to a solid color snake as it grows up. Makes an awful pet, too. The yellow belly is typical on both eastern and western Yellow Bellied Racers. They get between 4 and 5 feet long as adults. Nice find, kitty!
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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That snake is, in fact, an immature Yellow Bellied Racer, either of the eastern or western variety. Harmless but will bite you if held. The entire pattern changes to a solid color snake as it grows up. Makes an awful pet, too. The yellow belly is typical on both eastern and western Yellow Bellied Racers. They get between 4 and 5 feet long as adults. Nice find, kitty!
I felt really bad for the cat - she brought me her kill and I forced her to let it go. I knew something was up when she started meowing that specific cry cats let out when they got their prey. I kept he inside for a few hours and then let out again - she went straight to the edge of the patio, where concrete meets garden fabric covered with pebbles and larger rocks: my guess is this is where the snake kiddo came from.

When uncoiled, this thing would probably only be about 12 inches. Can't believe they grow that big!
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