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Posted by Robert Sposato on June 25, 2001 at 08:23:11:
In Reply to: Snake identification ? posted by Alan on June 25, 2001 at 07:27:32:
: Yesterday, I was walking by the D & R canal in Rocky Hill. I saw a large, very dark, grey snake on the path. It was happily curled up and made no effort to move. It was more than two feet long, had a large girth (say 4 inches) and bulged as if it was recently fed. It resembled a section of auto tire and was by far the largest snake I've seen in 10 years in Jersey.Does anyone know what kind of snake it might have been?
I'll take a guess and say perhaps a lighter variation of rat snake or an Eastern Milk. Two feet is not long for NJ snakes. Northern Pines and Black Rats (Both found in NJ) regularly obtain sizes in excess of 4, 5 even 6 feet. (I personally recorded a Northern Pine just under the 6 foot mark) I was out herping the D & R canal last year too and loved it! What an abundance of herps. We saw Painters, Red Ear Sliders (yep, red ears! Although not from NJ, they get released and do really well in our waters), A Spotted Turtle, Hugh green Frogs, a few snappers and some common Musk turtles) I'll be back their soon and hope to have another great day. Take care!