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Re: Northwest ny snake
Sounds like a Northern Water Snake. Hope you didn't hurt it. They are harmless.
: I should have taken a picture and don't
: recognize what I saw on the list of ny
: snakes.sighting was on June 30 in wild
: life refuge northeast of Buffalo ny in
: wooded area with swamps and lakes
: sitting trails idea pretty brown medium
: sized fat belly small head yellow
: stripe on side of belly brown on brown
: connected diamond pattern on back alive
: didn't seem bothered by us?
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