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Re: what kind of snake did i find?
I am confused about what type snake I encountered yesterday in my yard...after I heard it rattle at my cat below my window. My house is by a creek and I live in the Anderson area of SC. I cannot find a picture of one just like it on any site. This snake had a slim rattle and was very aggressive... struck at my cat and when I was taking the picture it sat up and hissed at me and he was rattling. The pattern is diamond shape in some areas...and the head was sort of flat... I am positive of the rattle...and it is about 3 feet long. Can you PLEASE help me identify this snake...I am concerned it is a Diamondback and maybe a young one. Thank You kindly for all your help...
*I cannot add my pics...is there another way to send them to you for identification of this snake?
: i found this snake,i live in the
: shanadoah valley of virginia,was going
: to my car it was off to the side of the
: steps in the open,it struck at me as i
: was walking by thats how i saw it.i
: have a small child and am worried and
: want to know what kind it might be.it
: was 1ft 6in about the size of a nickel
: around, it wasblack with thin brown
: rings around it and a little brown on
: its head,very agressive.any one know
: what it might be.i live in the
: lexington,va area??
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