: Got out of driveway at 6:30 am.(South
: Texas), found a baby snake ..about 7 to
: 8 inches long, brown with 2 dark brown
: spots on top of neck.., light brown
: streak on top of length of body..with
: little black spots lining the light
: brown streak. Was aggreesive at
: first,,struck the container with it's
: head about 4 times as if trying to
: bite...big brown color on top of head.
: what kind of snke is this?
Sounds like some form of Garter Snake; they can vary a lot, but the stripe and spots pretty much say to me "Garter".
Most snakes will act agressive when caught. It irks me a lot when some TV personality picks up a snake and says "boy is he mad!" or "he is really angry!". No. If I were picked up by a Grizzly Bear, the last thing in my mind would be anger. I would be fighting for my life. The snakes are too, or at least they think they are.
Garters will calm down fairly quickly with gentle handling and attention. I always get nipped a lot when "gentling" Garters, but their bite is totally harmless (won't even "make you sick" as folks say), and I used to use Garters a lot as teaching tools (I called them "teaching assistants"), so the nips were worth it. I always released them in the late summer, as they have specific lighting requirements (UV lights, and I had none) and will die over the winter unless kept "just so".
Nice find; I have yet to see a snake this year...
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