: Help! I keep getting these snakes in and
: around our pool. I live in Atlanta.
: They seem young...first as small around
: as a pencil now more like an inch
: around. They are brown, maybe taupe in
: color with dark markings at top like
: alternating rows of dots or
: diamonds,lower half of body is stripes.
: When caught in a pool net this week to
: take out to back of property he lunged
: at a person who walked by. I'm
: concerned that they are aggressive...we
: have dogs. Neighbors have warned of
: copperheads, but it doesn't look like
: the pics I have seen. Hard to tell,
: because they seem to be young, and most
: pics I find are of adults.
Baby Copperheads look just like mom and dad, except babies have a bright green or yellow tail tip.
Yours are Garter Snakes, the smaller ones are likely Brown Snakes (not to be confused with the Australian Brown Snake), formerly called DeKay Snakes.
Garters can be rather defensive when cornered, but they are totally harmless (I have been bitten by a number of them), and most will calm down with gentle handling - I have only known one that wouldn't calm down at all.
The venomous serpents of your area are the Copperhead, Timber Rattlesnake, and just possibly (but unlikely) the Cottonmouth and the Pigmy Rattlesnake. If you learn to identify these positively, all others are harmless, even if you can't identify them.
Thanks for posting!
The Appalachian Naturalist