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Snake ID Please - Eastern Shore of MD, USA

Discussion in 'Snakes - General' started by spgfr, Oct 8, 2014.

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  1. spgfr

    spgfr New Member

    Thanks...

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  2. jaydsr2887

    jaydsr2887 Elite Member

    looks like a hognose, but its hard to tell without knowing the habitat it was found in
     
  3. spgfr

    spgfr New Member

    The habitat is sort of halfway between woodsland and marsh.
     
  4. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Looks like Hognose.
     
  5. jaydsr2887

    jaydsr2887 Elite Member

    I'm sure it is a hognose, he has the distinct checkered markings
     
  6. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Definitely, it was found in the right location, has the checkered pattern and you can kind of see the distinct head shape. Plus, we have tons of hog noses out this way.
     
  7. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Hmmmm.... Doesn't look like a Hog to me. Too thin and the head shape is off from a Hog.

    I would lean more toward Northern Water Snake.
     
  8. jaydsr2887

    jaydsr2887 Elite Member

    Not northern water snake, they have saddle shaped markings, not checkered
     
  9. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Those look like bands to me. If you Google baby northern water snake, A lot of the images look exactly like that one.
     
  10. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

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    Such as this one
     
  11. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

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    And this one
     
  12. toddnbecka

    toddnbecka Well Established Member

    Northern water snakes are always found near a pond, stream, or river. I'd be very surprised to find one wandering among pine trees any distance from water. Wrong body shape for a hognose, they're not that slender relative to the length.
     
  13. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

    I'm also leaning toward the Northern Watersnake vs Hognose, Without a better description it would be tough to get a 100% ID
     
  14. skygear

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  15. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Nope. Not a rat. the banding is wrong.
     
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