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Can someone ID this snake for me?

Posted by juraitwaluzka GA (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 22, 08 at 23:45

This snake was found in front of my house in Atlanta, GA on 9/22/2008. It appeared to be about 12 inches long, maybe a few inches longer. I was hoping to find out exactly what it is. Kinda scary as my 3 year older daughter stepped right over it (but fortunately not on it) before I saw it. Fortunately it was "sleeping" until I nudged it, then it took a defensive posture for a minute then it slithered off under the front porch.

Of course the main thing I want to know is if it's dangerous and if so what is the best course of action to keep my daughter safe.


Here is a link that might be useful: Picture of Snake

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RE: Can someone ID this snake for me?

truly, it's not the best picture, but it looks like a Gray Rat Snake (elaphe obsoleta spiloides). not poisonous. doesn't really have the head shape to be a poisonous snake, and this is definitely the kind of predator i would want hanging out around my house.

RE: Can someone ID this snake for me?

Thanks, I intend to let him do his thing :)

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