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Re: ID Brown Snake
Posted by Alex, forum owner on May 14, 2011, 3:58 pm, in reply to "ID Brown Snake
It is most likely a Northern Water Snake; their pattern will be obscured in a large adult that is dry; the pattern will be bright on a youngster, especially one that is wet.
I thought at first that it was a Plainbelly Water Snake, which is plain brown above, but looking at the photos closely shows a hint of pattern. If you go to Northern Water Snake, Davidson College
and look at the photo on the left, (shown here also), you will see a snake very like yours.
: I saw and photographed a brown snake
: about 2-2.5 feet in lenght at Hughes
: Hollow in Potomac MD this morning. I
: cannot identify the snake. I am hoping
: one of you can.
: Photos can be seen at
: Thank you.
: Dick Maley
The Appalachian Naturalist