what am i?
a snake? :)
Tinae, he's probably a banded water snake. I've had bunches of them in and around my pond, and they all look a little different, but are very shy and harmless. Looking for toads or lizards no doubt. Pretty.
Funny! :) yes okay, he's a snake. I googled the banded water snake and it lead me to the site below. It is a close likeness. I also found the juvenile racer to be a close likeness.
Here is a link that might be useful: Snake IDs
definitely harmless. It is hard to tell unless you turn him over but if the bands do not go all the way around (if his underside is brown or grey or black) then some form of watersnake.
I found this information on Wikihow.com:
Non-venomous snakes have a spoon-shaped rounded head and venomous snakes will have a more triangular head. This is because of the venom glands (this is less noticeable on the coral snake).
I say a juvenile black racer.
I say a baby red rat, I have tons of them.
I don't have a clue but I'm glad it's not in my yard!
It IS a juvenile black racer, that's what they look like when small....
Wow! I never would have thought a baby black racer looked like that! We had a small diamond back out front this year. Actually saw the rattles. First time I ever saw a live one other than a zoo. Scared the crap out of me. Only saw it the one time. I don't kill snakes anyway. I just go the other way quickly.
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Is it too late to change my vote? I think grega and Tom are right and that this critter is a juvenile black racer. Nice link Tom.
Zackey, When I was 6, I was walking in the woods with my grandmother gathering wild herbs and we heard a rattler rattling. She stopped me, told me to stand very still for a minute so he would know we weren't coming closer, then to back up very slowly. When we got far enough away, it stopped rattling. Just thought you'd like to know what to do just in case that rattler comes back. Of course, if you step on him, all bets are off. ;)
I went to the Rattlesnake Festival in San Antonio, Pasco Cty. a few weeks ago and went in and saw the show the rattlesnake guy put on. I must say he changed my whole attitude about snakes. Very informative. He says snakes are our friends. Each snake eats a different thing and without them, we'd be overrun by other things. I also found out the the pygmy rattler in my yard was actually a hognose snake. He had all the good ones and the bad ones and held them side by side so you could see the difference.
Now I'm not saying that I like snakes, but I understand them now and will just let them be. Just hope I don't get a rattler in the garden. I had one in the front once, but he tried to cross the road and got run over.
It's a red rat snake. Also called a pine snake. It will get to be 5 or 6 feet. My son raised one and had it for years. They look very similar to a pygmy rattler. You have to check the shape of the head. The rattler has a diamond head and only gets a couple feet long. Baby water bandits look like mocosins. Again, you have to check the shape of the head. I grew up in the wilds of Florida and seen many a snake and having dogs get bitten by them. Our pit got bit so many times by rattlers, he became immune to them.
I'm wrong. It is a baby black racer. The red isn't big enough for a rat snake.