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Old 11-09-2015, 11:21 AM
 
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Found this young snake near my kitchen garden... I dropped it off in the woods behind the subdivision ... from all indications, looks like some kind of rattlesnake and I'm worried sick now as my kids (and the neighbors') play in the yard all day long ... not to speak about my wife who won't go into the garden anymore ... should I be worried especially given the possibility that its mother and/or siblings are still around?
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:26 AM
 
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Possibly a young grey rat snake. That would be my guess. Looks non-venomous if that's your concern.
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:32 AM
 
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The round pupil is the clear indication that it is not a venomous snake. Grey rat snake looks like a good guess.
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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Since it does not have a rattler I would say it's not a rattlesnake.

Besides, I've never seen or heard of a rattlesnake in the Triangle. I'm not saying it would not be possible for one to be here, but it's unlikely.

I believe you have a juvenile racer or possibly a brown snake. Either way it's harmless.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:05 PM
 
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That is a young black racer snake. Harmless to people. Even beneficial to the garden
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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It is not a dangerous snake, and what a beautiful color pattern it has. If you cannot recognize which species are harmful, you are wise to be cautious, and you have done the right thing to ask about it. Now that you know about this one, you can consider yourself lucky to have seen such an interesting creature in the wild. Most snakes are harmless.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:41 PM
 
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Thank you for letting it live! That one is pretty cute.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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In this area unless its a Moccasin or a copperhead, both which have distinctive markings, FAT heads and slit like eyes you have nothing to worry about

I catch Black snakes in the chicken coop all the time. They are after eggs, not birds, and other than being a pain in the butt cause the chickens don't like them and cause a rukus they are harmless.


I scoop em up and relocate them to a pond 2 miles down the road..

If the snake has a small head and round eyes, in THIS REGION, you are fine.

no worries
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Old 11-09-2015, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Found this young snake near my kitchen garden... I dropped it off in the woods behind the subdivision ... from all indications, looks like some kind of rattlesnake and I'm worried sick now as my kids (and the neighbors') play in the yard all day long ... not to speak about my wife who won't go into the garden anymore ... should I be worried especially given the possibility that its mother and/or siblings are still around?
The problem is, with your identification, is the lack of a RATTLE.

I'm 99% certain that its a gray rat snake, but its certainly harmless in any case. Nothing about the markings, head shape, or eye shape say "copperhead."
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Old 11-09-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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hom-tanks .. you see any kind of snake ... run forrest run ..!!! HA ..
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