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Old 05-01-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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We found a snake in our yard today that was yellow with black markings. When we startled him, he stood up and his head became hooded almost like a cobra would. We live in Georgetown, DE. Do you have any idea what kind of snake this might be?
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:46 PM
 
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The hognose snake will "puff" itself to make it appear more threatening. It's not poisonous. Luckily, we only have one poisonous snake in southern Delaware (copperhead), and there have not been any recorded deaths from its bite. It's also not very aggressive.

I find snakes all the time in my yard and still have trouble identifying them. I love observing them though!
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Old 05-01-2011, 04:52 PM
 
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Snakes are afraid of us as much we are afraid of them .... Why startle it when leaving him/her alone would be more apropos. We are invading its world and not the other way around ... live and let live.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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The hognose snake will "puff" itself to make it appear more threatening. It's not poisonous. Luckily, we only have one poisonous snake in southern Delaware (copperhead), and there have not been any recorded deaths from its bite. It's also not very aggressive.

I find snakes all the time in my yard and still have trouble identifying them. I love observing them though!
Liz....have you seen more snakes this year than usual? We have. So far, the hognose, local black snake, and grass snake. There's a yellowish one I've seen a few times, and I can't identify it. Seems like a daily occurrence here the last few weeks.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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Coastal Plains Reptiles - Eastern Hognose Snake
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Ocean View, DE
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Great link with picture above--thanks for posting, lifelongMOgal!!

rdlr--yes, we have already seen more than the usual!! Now, we saw plenty last year, but this year is off to a great start. We've seen garter snakes, black racers, a rat snake, and one very beautiful red/yellow/black one I caught a glimpse of before it crawled under my deck. I always found it odd (in a good way!) that I see so many snakes given I live in a development and in a rather developed town.

My husband had a black racer right by his foot the other day at Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, and he didn't even know it! I told him after it slithered away; he is VERY afraid of snakes.
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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Those black racers are well named. I saw 3 the other day near St. Jones River's marshy area at Barkers Landing near Magnolia. Those things literally 'race' across the road so quickly you wonder if you really saw them The St. Jones River at Barkers and Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge are my favorite places for exploring nature. Lots of different looking snakes, birds, bugs and beetles hiding in the marsh grass.

We live in a small town - lots of houses and traffic. Doesn't seem to bother the snakes here, either.
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