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Old 04-26-2011, 03:48 AM
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I am in Rhode Island. My dog Tasha and I were walking across a field that is very close to a large lake. I found this snake that was a coppery brown color on its back and a black and white checkered pattern on its belly. Its head was a black blended into the copper color. I do not know much about snakes but it kind of reminded me of corn snakes I saw in Virginia as a kid (I don't think that is likely here-but what do I know). I thought it very likely was a water snake but could not find a picture of one that had belly markings like this. Can anybody help me identify my newfound friend? It would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:06 AM
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hey Don,
were you about to get a photo of it??? the only copper color snake i can thing of is a copperhead but til we see a photo, i don't know for sure!
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:09 AM
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Sounds like it could either be a Milk or Garter.
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:12 AM
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After rereading your post Im leaning towards a milk. In my neck of the woods we mostly see Garter but could run into some Cooperheads or more likely a Timber Rattler out in the woods
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:17 AM
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Sounds more like a copperhead to me ... Don't fool with it, just in case. A picture would help us out a lot better.
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:17 AM
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Copperheads don't live in RI actually. No venomous snakes do (native ones, anyway). It's hard to say with only a description. Could have been a garter snake, water snake, maybe even a hognose. Any pics?
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:17 AM
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I thought that was Maine where snakes didn't live ...
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:05 AM
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check this out...
http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatr...f/risnakes.pdf
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:47 PM
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That's amazing o.o No snakes are venomous, but they have hognoses. Aren't hognoses rear-fanged? XD Totally counts in my book!
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Yes they are but the venom is mild and is only dangerous to the elderly, very young children or anyone with existing medical problems like asthma and diabetes.
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