Need snake id please

christie_sw_mo(Z6)June 24, 2008

I've been seeing a small snake in the pipe that drains out from our sump pump. The snake could easily crawl back into our house through this pipe so I want to know what it is.

The pipe is about 2 inches across to give you an idea of the size.

I lightened the photos a little, zoomed and cropped so you can see the spots/patches. I couldn't get a profile shot or get close enough to see whether his pupils were round or not. They look round in my photo but I'm not sure that it's very accurate from the angle.

Thanks!

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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

I believe it's a Black rat snake. They eat neither humans nor pets, but rodents, birds and birds eggs, so you are safe!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 7:35PM
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wayne_mo(MO)

Definitely a Black Rat Snake! They are harmless. No worries.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 12:13AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Thank you!
If we were sure he was out, we could put a screen over the pipe, but it's 30+feet long. Are they most likely to be outside at night?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 7:45AM
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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

Yay, I was right!

You want to make sure the snake is out. They are not nocturnal, so now you may actually have a snake in the house.

Wayne?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 9:50AM
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spat72(zn_9/10)

If I were in that situation, I would fill the pumps container with water to flush him out. then immeadiatly apply a screen before he could get back in. Then set up some type of area in the yard to hold water for his use somewhere els if that is why he goes in there. If he is just looking for shelter then maybe a small wood pile in the back of the yard or something like that.

I spotted my first snake her a few weeks ago. It was a black racer. Been here 5 years and that is all I have seen. I go looking for him every day now but no luck seeing him again. I hope to have better luck once I put in a frog pond!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 10:14AM
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stoloniferous(6)

What an adorable little snake! :)

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 2:42PM
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