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long black snake

Posted by sammy OK/7A (My Page) on
Wed, May 11, 11 at 6:51

I saw a long black snake in my yard that had yellow markings. It looked like they were on top instead of bands around it. It really startled me. I tried to look up snakes in Tulsa, and Google took me everywhere. I am guessing that it is a form of a king snake maybe, but I think king snakes are too big. I don't see anything right here to indicate the size, but it was smaller than when I hold my index finger to my thumb.

Do any of you happen to have access to a reliable picture of snakes in Tulsa? It probably came up from the creek, so we have maybe a few more critters than most people in Tulsa -- critters like armadillos.


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RE: long black snake

The website I've linked is not unique to the Tulsa area but is just a general website for the snakes of Oklahoma.

You'll likely find "your" snake on it though.


Here is a link that might be useful: Oklahoma Snakes

RE: long black snake

speckled kingsnake? just guessing, but they are very common in NE Oklahoma. Very docile. Only other large black snake around here that would be common is a black rat snake. Not sure you'd see much in the way of yellow markings on that one though.

RE: long black snake

I think it could be an easter garter snake. They are black with parallel yellow stripes. They are common in this area, I used to catch them all the time as a kid.

Here is a link that might be useful: pic of them

RE: long black snake

It's a black ratsnake. Thanks for the links.

The black ratsnake has different coloring patterns, but one is just like what I saw.

Thanks for your help.

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