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Old 08-02-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Sunny FLA
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Woke up to a stranger in our pool. About 10" long and obviously a baby. I'm thinking this is a water moccasin but not sure. Can someone give me the lowdown on this beast? I'm pretty freaked out cause if it is what I'm thinking, where's momma? Anyone want to buy a house?

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Old 08-02-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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I'm not positive, but I think that is a harmless watersnake. Did you notice if the head was noticeably larger than his neck before you chopped it off?
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Sunny FLA
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I'm not positive, but I think that is a harmless watersnake. Did you notice if the head was noticeably larger than his neck before you chopped it off?
Didn't chop off it's head. Slowed him down another way. He was waay to aggressive for me to capture.

It was larger but not too large. Sort of a triangle shape but not so much distinguished as a rattler would be. Being so small it was tough to judge.

Thx!!!!
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL - Pasadena, People's Republic of Maryland
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Here is a link to an identifier for Florida snakes: FLMNH - Florida Snakes Identification

Let us know what you figure out!
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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It actually could have been a juvenile black racer, probably the most common snake in Florida. Juveniles lose their pattern when they get older.

A moccasin would have a larger head than the neck.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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He looks HUGE on the picture! And headless..........No clue what it was, we had a 7 foot black snake but it was totally black and harmless.

From the little I know, poisionous snakes have almond shaped eyes, not round. Also their heads are more traingular. So do you know the shape of his eyes?

I watch a lot of swamp wars and gator boys.................
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Sunny FLA
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Thanks all! I guess with all the excitement this am I really don't know how triangular the head was as well as eye shape. I hope it wasn't a harmless water snake. We have lots of Racers here. Fast buggers and will stare you down from 20' away. I let them go, other than chasing them to the neighbors yard.

It could swim very well underwater and almost was able to get out of the pool but our level is a tad lower than it usually is.

I didn't know juvie racers were not black. We've had some juvie racers that were black. Although longer than this one. Maybe 20" or so.

Thx
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Sunny FLA
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I'm thinking it may have been the one pictured on the left at this site. Now I feel like a ****!
Thanks all!!!!

FLMNH - Eastern Racer (Coluber constrictor)
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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Yeah, it looks like an Eastern Racer from the picture you posted. You can see the distinct markings on its upper body that change to almost a solid color near its tail. That was my guess. I've seen lots of snakes down here, none have been dangerous - so far! ;-)
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL - Pasadena, People's Republic of Maryland
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Guess I'll be learning to ID a whole bunch of new-to-me critters, not just fish. My wife is no fan of snakes, where as I don't mind them. I'm ok having them around, eating rodents and other vermin. Hornets and spiders, on the other hand, will have me running down the street screeching like a little girl (no insult to little girls intended)....
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