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and start a new post. Your question will get a lot more exposure. Please give us an idea of where you live, as reptiles can often be identified only by locality!
Please do not place messages about killing a snake, and asking what kind it is you have killed! That is like going onto a message board about dogs and telling about torturing one to death, and asking what kind of breed it was. You will likely get "flamed", and likely by the forum owner, depending on his mood that day.
A note about head shape in snakes: Head shape is a totally useless character for identifying a snake, and has nothing to do with whether the serpent is or is not venomous (poisonous). Many harmless snakes, especially when young, have rather large heads. Please describe color, pattern, markings, and habitat where the snake was found. The shape of the head will not help us in any way.
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Re: snake identification
It is a Garter Snake, and completely harmless. Their head is almost always triangular, especially when upset. That old wives tail about a triangular head meaning venomous has no validity. Since you don't tell me where you are, I have no way of knowing what kind. For a better answer, please go to the main page at http://members.boardhost.com/snakeseast
, and post this question there along with a general idea of where the creature was found.
In the Southeast, there are only a very few venomous snakes, and this is not like any of them.
: Please identify:
: About 2.5' in length.Rather solid color
: dark on top and an almost checkered
: pattern, black on white bottom. Divided
: almost in perfect half by a midline
: bright orange stripe running the entire
: length. The head is somewhat
: triangular. Lives under our
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