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Old 08-27-2009, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Tim Rankin View Post
Ringneck Snake

Not poisonous or dangerous, as far as I know.
You are right it is a cross between a Nothern Ringneck snake and a Southern Ringneck snake . I moved the Fort Washington a few months ago and the property is 2 acres and has a small pond in the back yard, I assume they get water from there.

I recently found a few baby ones (I think I killed its momma, lol). I'm a city boy and all but I dont mind these snakes, they cant bite and they only grow up to be 12 inches max.

What Snake is (was) this?-snake2.jpg
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:49 AM
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Yes I do, I have a pond in my backyard, and found a few baby ones after it rained last week. Looks like they were feasting on earth worms.

What Snake is (was) this?-snake.jpg
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Old 08-28-2009, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by rubytue View Post
Towson University and the MD DNR disagree with you: Eastern ringneck snake
Maryland's Wildlife Species - All About Snakes in Maryland - Natural Heritage Program - Wildlife and Heritage Service (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/snakeinfo.asp - broken link)
I've never seen this snake in MD, only in the midwest or New England.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:41 PM
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I nearly fainted by your pictures! We're looking into moving to Fort Washington...it never crossed my mind that the nice wooded areas and large properties would also mean SNAKES! eek! You're brave..I would have been in the house as soon as I say it's head pop up...(Yes, the Lawnmower would still be running)
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:08 AM
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I used to catch snakes when I was a kid, around 7-8 yrs old. I think people would be amazed @ the variety of snakes we have in this area, although I'll bet there are less around nowadays, with the pace of development we've seen over the years.

df80umes - I wouldn't be too worried about the snakes. I must've been bitten a hundred times as a child and there were no ill effects [at least as far as I can tell!]. I never once encountered a poisonous snake, just garter snakes, ringnecks, racers, rat snakes, etc.
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:38 AM
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As a native Prince Georgian and worked for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission for over 30 years throughout all of Prince George's County, only once did I ever come across a poisonous snake and it was a copperhead and that was at the old Prince George's Country Club in Kentland, out near the pond on the golf course, needless to say I killed it, it was about 5 foot long, we found out later it was known as the Northern copperhead, one of the other men that I worked with lived in a farmhouse in Croom and killed a southern copperhead on his front porch, now I believed that the only poisonous snake that are in Prince George's County is the copperhead, I don't think there are any other poisonous snakes in Prince George's County. I have come across garter snakes, the little green grass snakes, rat snakes, blue racers, King snakes also known as a black snake, hog nose snake, water moccasin and I believe they're nonpoisonous and do an excellent job of keeping the rodent population under control, if you have a black snake around your house, you won't have any mice or rodents around and you also won't have any other snakes around.
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:02 AM
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I live in Upper Marlboro and this summer I wanted to do gardening in my backyard. Well my husband found 2 snakes in the backyard the day I bought my veggie to plant and my mind was changed for me. I threw away all the veggies to plant. I am scared of snakes. I also have frogs in my flower bed in my front yard. I hate frogs. I no longer go in my back yard.
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:16 PM
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looks like a prairie ring neck snake to me i use to own one as a pet non-venomous
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:09 PM
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Its a ringneck. It eats insects.
Kingsnakes are NOT know as black snakes.
The are NO water moccasians in Maryland.
There is a lot of garbage being written about snakes here.
No wonder so many get killed because so many people have no idea what they are saying let alone are capable of making a correct identification of a snake.
I mean reaally how many of you even could identify a hatchliing racer or black rat snake. Here is a hint, they look nothing like the adult phase.
Ringnecks are harmless and beautiful snakes but are preay for many larger snakes. Racers, eastern milks and eastern kings.
Good luck and try to get the facts straight by doing the research before perprtuating false information about snakes.
I have a State of MD permit to capture, collect and breed snakes. Argue if you want but at least have an arguement about a fact and not some hysteria snake realated fears.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:19 AM
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@ lscalder: It's called nature. Look it up and embrace it. Threw away veggie plants? Unheard of!
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