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Okay I did a kind of a sneaky thing....
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Cindi    Posted 06-30-2003 at 18:05:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
but see if you can see it here....



Fawteen    Posted 07-01-2003 at 04:35:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the very BEST kind of snake.

A dead one.

'nother reason I live up here in the Frozen North. No poisonous snakes.


Maggie/TX    Posted 06-30-2003 at 20:17:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindy, I would say by looking at my snake book that it's either a copperhead, a red king snake, or a corn snake. They all should be around your area.

Just treat them all like they are copperheads and don't worry about it. "Live and let live, as long as they stay out of your path." :)


Jim in Michigan    Posted 06-30-2003 at 20:09:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Copperheads have a smell like cucumbers,,sounds dumb but its true....Jim


Maggie/TX    Posted 06-30-2003 at 20:26:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jim, I have heard that too. And I've heard that water moccassins have a musty smell. I forgot about the smell, Cindi! Go smell that snake! LOL!


cowgirlj    Posted 06-30-2003 at 19:59:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cindi, here's a really good site for you to check out. look at the Brown Water snake.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/herpetology/FL-GUIDE/fl-snakeslist.htm


KellyGa    Posted 06-30-2003 at 19:44:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
See if y'all think this is what it was. This is the only thing I can find that is native to Florida area. Its called a Mole kingsnake.

http://www.pitt.edu/~mcs2/herp/Lc_rhombo.html


jimbob    Posted 06-30-2003 at 19:41:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fat sucker, bigger than what I see for the most part up here in MI.

I once had a battle with four milk snakes on a step going down to the basement from the outside entry. I wanted to bag them, but they wanted no part of it. One would lunge forward with a bite, then the next, etc, etc- heck, it was like that medusa head lady. I finally prevailed on my quest, but those snakes were lightning fast. I also found hole at the entry point & replace the wood at the top of the stairs.


Lenore    Posted 06-30-2003 at 19:38:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

It looks like the remains of a very unluky copperhead to me. Then I looked at this picture of a copperhead and now I am not sure.


Mike D.    Posted 06-30-2003 at 18:57:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the head was diamond shaped it was a member of the pit viper family. Copperheads are in that group. Our Copperheads have more bright tan/brown on them. We don't keep tall brush or grass around our place. My wife got one with a hoe a few years back. That makes dandy work of them. Black snakes will wear them out too. Glad you got it before it got you!


cowgirlj    Posted 06-30-2003 at 18:40:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Cindi:
Cody asked if you are near a water source? He thinks it is more likely to be a water mocasin, due to it's size, and pronounced patern.


cowgirlj    Posted 06-30-2003 at 18:35:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Okay, Cindi...it looks like a bloody pulp of meat to me!


Les    Posted 06-30-2003 at 18:33:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, I just been thinkin that I really want to go to the Pioneer Park Days again and then you post that. I'm not afraid of snakes but I sure am glad that I can do anything on my property, including mess with brush piles, and not have to even think about the darn things.
The lady who works as an assistant to my dentist has lived in Wauchula. Not sure if that's where she's going this winter.


Cindi    Posted 07-01-2003 at 04:45:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would be more worried about the gators as Pioneer Days is held practically on the banks of the Peace River! Just don't wander down by the water after dark and you should be fine.


Ron,Ar    Posted 06-30-2003 at 18:28:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
looks like a copperhead to us,but the picture is sorta, well it's here anyway. It looks like what I classify as a "good" snake. As in the only good snake is a dead snake.


Pitch    Posted 06-30-2003 at 18:09:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would say based on the red color around it's neck that it is a "Good One"


Cindi    Posted 06-30-2003 at 18:13:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lol pitch! Well, yeah me too, but unfortunately the 'head' of the supposed to be copperhead is missing, as you so aptly noticed, and I want to know if anyone else can tell by the body that it really is a copperhead. We saw two like this today, cleaning up some brush. The other,larger one, got away.


Cindi    Posted 07-01-2003 at 04:43:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks to everybody for the attempt to help me identify this snake, the one thing missing in the picture, is a true portrayal of the colors. What shows up as dark spots are really reddish brown, and the background is yellowish orange.

Funny how I never use the suffix 'ish' until I go to describing the color of a snake.

It may very well have been a harmless snake, but after what the sight of it did to my blood pressure, I'm not so sure that it matters. After having one dog killed by a snake I take no chances. I have learned a lot though after posting this question and I think it's time for me to invest in a good Florida snake book. Thanks again.


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