: i forgot to say where i found him. . .i
: live in southern virginia, around kerr
: lake. i found him sunbathing in my back
: yard. . .
Hi Autumn. You are going to have to help us out here. I think you have a Garter or a Northern Water Snake, but I need more data. I need to know if it has any pattern, such as stripes, blotches, diamond like spots or whatever. Also what size? Estimate the size in inches.
If you are going to keep it, put it in an aquarium with a tight fitting lid. Put newspaper, paper towels, or shredded pine bark on the bottom. Put in a water bowl. Try putting a few "feeder" gold fish in the water bowl (5 for $1.00 at most pet shops) and see if he eats them. Don't try to keep a Water Snake in water - it will get skin sores and die.
If you tell us more, either Wayne or I will come up with a positive ID.
The Appalachian Naturalist