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Old 04-23-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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Hi. I found this snake in my basement after a big rain and would love to know what kind it is. Can anyone help identify this snake?

Thanks!
Jill
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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where do you live?? My God, that is scary....
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:52 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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It's a rattlesnake or a copperhead. How big was it?
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:20 AM
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It looks like a Sheldon Silver.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I don't think its venomous , the venoumous snakes live down south or in the Mountains....it looks like a Garden snake...
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:07 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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I don't think its venomous , the venoumous snakes live down south or in the Mountains....it looks like a Garden snake...
False. There are copperheads in Westchester, Putnam, rockland etc. over the years I've seen copperheads sunning on our old stone walls. Timber rattlesnakes are around too. Neither is common, but they're there. Copperheads are tan/brownish, this look more like a timber rattlesnake. It certainly has the triangular head characteristic of pit vipers. The rattle on a baby rattler is not much more than a button, so it may not have been obvious. Do what all country folk do: chop off its head with a shovel.

Here's a link: Rattlesnakes in NY? I'll be damned. - AR15.Com Archive
And another: Catskill Mtns - Snakes

Garter snakes (aka garden snakes) are all over the place, but this isn't even close. Check Wikipedia for pix.

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Old 04-24-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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Hi. I set the snake free - had no idea that it could be venomous! Yikes! I live in upper Westchester, by the way.

Thanks for your input.
Jill
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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Default possibly rattlesnake

I'm not from around here, so I'm taking a bit of guess, but your question made me curious so with some online research, I'm guessing this is a rattlesnake common to the state of NY, the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Check the identification description here: Snakes of New York State- Upstate NY Species

I'm seeing the hour-glass markings, 3 rows of spots below the main marking on the back and head shape that makes me think that's what this is.

To be safe, I'd call Animal Control of whatever town you're in, they can remove him/her and get him somewhere he won't cause any trouble.

Editing this to say that the link above says there are only 2 locations that have populations of this type of snake AND that it's an endangered species. With more search, I was thinking it might also be a Milk Snake (harmless), but the shape of the head is too angular. I really do think it was a rattler, so good thing you let it go, but I hope he stays safe if he is indeed endangered (!)
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:06 PM
 
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it isnt venomous...notice the round pupils...all poisinous snakes in the US belong to the pit viper family which means "cat eyes" and large glads behind the eyes giving their head a diamond shape
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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It looks like a common or eastern gartersnake...very common in gardens and hell on insects. They come in all shades and colors.
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