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Posted by Jim Bennett on July 22, 2005, 12:11 am
I saw a snake recently,around June 15th, just north of Paden City,WV along the Ohio river. It was crossing WV route 2. The snake was unusual in several ways. It was about 3 feet long, but that is an estimate. Its means of locomotion resembled that of sidewinders. It was marked with very distinctive diamond markings and its colors were overall very light with some golds, tans, light browns, and a little black. Most unusual to me was its shape. Its back came up into a very sharp ridge. The belly looked round, but that was the only part. I would estimate the total heigth of the snake to be 2.5 inches, while the width was about 1 inch or a little more. Thanks for your help. jim
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