Snake in my Garden

sonny44August 16, 2013

Can anyone identify this snake? i looked through everything i could find on snakes of CT. The only one that even comes close is a northern water snake, but he was in my garden today and in my shrubs the other day nowhere near water. He is about 30-36 inches long, very fat and a nearly triangular leathery flat head. Matt captured him in a bucket and we released him in our pond. He went straight to the bottom and swam away. Beautiful specimen.

This post was edited by sonny44 on Fri, Aug 16, 13 at 16:04

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hcmcdole(z7)

Wonder if it is a Northern Water Snake.

http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/northern_water_snake.htm

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 9:25AM
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drpraetorius(7)

Judging by the up turned nose it is a hog nosed snake. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterodon_platirhinos

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 9:35PM
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mariposa34

I concur that it is a hognose snake. They are not doing too well anymore (many ground nesting snakes are declining) so it's nice to see them!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 7:53PM
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amunk01

I realize this thread is old but that snake is a Northern Water Snake, Nerodia sipedon not a hognose. Great picture!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 10:37PM
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