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Unread 09-01-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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why did I open this thread and look at these yucky snakes? now my tummy hurts...I'm sorry , I don't do snakes
I'm with you!

We had lots of snakes in Kenansville back when we lived there. I think I'm still traumatized!
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Unread 09-01-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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I do have a cute snake story though.

After Fran, we had a small baby snake on our porch. We think it was a water moccasin, which would be reasonable, since we have a lake across the street. I didn't see it until it struck at me as I was going in the house. Hubby told our son (who was 6 at the time) to go get a shovel. He came back with a small gardening spade. When Hubby asked why, he innocently said, "well, it's a little snake!"
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Unread 09-01-2011, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Garner, NC
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For what its worth and to ease some fears.

The chances a snake in the water here in Raleigh is indeed a water moccasin are extremely small. They are primarily native to the wetlands near the coast. Water snakes look a lot like moccasins to many people and they are quite common. I was working around a little retainer pond in Cary earlier this summer and I could count five water snakes at one time actively searching for pollywogs.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 10:10 PM
 
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No one has given you the correct answer. It is a juvenile coachwhip.
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Unread 10-24-2013, 07:39 AM
 
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Saw a fresh roadkill snake on the road last weekend. Might be the last one I see for several months.

Water moccasins are not a problematic snake. They may be aggressive, but you shouldn't be messing with them! The meanest most aggressive snake I've ever encountered was a black racer.

Here's a helpful hint for people worried about venomous snakes in NC:

1) Rattlesnakes - several varieties. Not many around the Triangle area. VERY easy to identify.
2) Copperheads - again, only the juvenile ones are tough to identify, as many of them don't have the copper colored head yet.
3) Cottonmouth - water snake, easily misidentified...you need to look IN his mouth to be sure. I don't recommend this. Red bellied moccasins, brown water snakes, etc are often mis-identified.
4) coral snake - not an issue in the Triangle
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Unread 10-31-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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Juvenile copperheads are easily identified by the bright green tip of their tail. They are not always copper, sometimes they are grayish and their head is large for their body. I always seem to encounter them in August and September.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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sorry on post 34 I said coachwhip but I was looking at the photo on post 14. My apologies. Cant see the picture good enough on #1
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Unread 11-06-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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Not a copperhead though
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Unread 11-06-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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Looks like a watersnake. Not sure from the pic.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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Yep, watersnake, nonpoisonous.

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