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Re: what type of snake
I do hope you were not the one to kill it. That can get some serious flames on this board.
It is a Banded Water Snake, a harmless, colorful snake that mostly eats small fish and frogs. Though it lives in the same areas as the Cottonmouth, and has a head that it can spread, it is no relation tho the Cottonmouth, and has neither fangs nor venom.
If you were to pick one up in the field, it would likely bite you, but the bite is harmless, though often bloody.
: Found this in my back yard in south
: florida. Snake is bluish with brown
: blotch pattern. Long skinny tail.
: Overal length about 14 inches
The Appalachian Naturalist