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Snake in my Garden

Posted by sonny44 Ct (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 16, 13 at 13:01

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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RE: Snake in my Garden

Wonder if it is a Northern Water Snake.

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


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RE: Snake in my Garden

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


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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!


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RE: Snake in my Garden

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


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