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Re: brown snake with yellow banding down back
Thank you so much for responding! He is quite fast! Smaller one swam by the other day...must have a family of them I guess. Hoping they leave me alone while I swim!
: 0Debbie, it is a Northern Water Snake,
: and they stay near water, but often,
: when out of water, will run off into
: the woods. Does not sound like a Pit
: Viper (your only venomous snakes)
: because they are not that fast, and
: tend to stay in place and hope their
: camouflage (Copperhead) or rattle
: (Rattlesnake) saves them. Those are the
: only two in your area to worry about.
: --Previous Message--
: Greetings! I live in western mass. on
: small lake. I have twice found in the
: grass down by our dock a brown snake
: with yellow banding. It is a thick
: snake about3 - 4 ft. long and slithers
: into a wooded area when I come along.
: It's freaky only because I never see it
: until I am almost on top of it! Any
: idea of what variety this snake is?
The Appalachian Naturalist