ID Mini Snake

msomallyAugust 5, 2012

My neighbor came over with the what looked like a mini black snake. It is the second one he has found in his house. I did not get a pic of it but it was about 3" long and really skinny. It moved like a snake not a worm. Any ideas?

Thanks!

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west_gardener

msomally, I have a zero tolerance for any creepy crawly in my house, if I see one I go on the hunt, if I see two, I figure I have a nest somewhere. I don't bother identifying the creepy crawly.
If I can't find it myself, I call in a "snake" guy. That's were it is helpful to have an ID.
I hope someone can ID the critter.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 8:24PM
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msomally

Thanks WG. The little thing wasn't even as big around as a toothpick although I don't think he knew that! Feisty!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 10:23PM
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kathyjane(z6VA)

Wonder if it was a little Ringneck?--sometimes they have a red or yellow neck-ring.
----and they get in houses all the time!!
Sure are cute....

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 1:02AM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Sounds like a baby black racer to me.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 1:10PM
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calliope(6)

We have a lot of snakes here and they find their way into the house occasionally. In fact I think a big one is in residence in the cellar. We just are careful before we pick up any coils of garden hoses or hoe handles, both of which we have mistaken a black snake for. The last snake I took out of here was more like five feet. Nobody around but me and I opened the door first, put the dog behind a closed door so he wouldn't attack it and picked it up to relocate in the cool fern beds outside the front door. I remember playing down by the creek with 'worms' until my Mama came down to look and found out they weren't worms, LOL.

Yes, coulda been a worm snake or especially a ring neck. Last one I found in the house was about the size you mentioned. They are small and delicate and actually very beautiful even at maturity. Now, if you had been brave enough to pick it up and get a really good look at the markings and scales, you coulda looked it up. LOL. Black racers are actually rather light when they are young juveniles, so I'm assuming at three inches they wouldn't be a racer.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 2:10PM
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