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Help identifying snake
Posted by Lisa on January 9, 2006, 8:45 am
Back in August/September (can't recall exactly) I was working in the yard under some pine trees when I saw the tail of a snake moving into some heavier brush. By the time I got back with the shovel I couldn't find the snake. I wasn't to worried about it but a recent report of a copperhead on the news made me wonder exactly what it was I saw. I live in rural southeastern part of Virginia, only 6 miles from the NC line and a few blocks from the intercostal waterway. I've seen snakes in my yard but have clearly identified them as either a black snake, ribbon or garter snake. The snake I saw in Aug/Sept was a very, very light brown color with distinctive brown markings a few shades darker than it's body color. I remember thinking to myself...geee I've never seen such a light brown snake. I did not see it's head. That's about all I can tell you. Any ideas on what it was????
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