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Posted by oldherper on May 11, 2003 at 08:38:27:
In Reply to: Help me with this snake posted by Thudpucker on May 11, 2003 at 08:24:22:
One of the best guides for identification is The Peterson Field Guide by Roger Conant. It shows belly patterns where that is a significant identification key, and where two species coexist that are easily confused, it points out the keys to positive ID, such as prefrontal scales,anal plates, loreal scales, subcaudal scales, etc. The Broad-banded water snake, Nerodia (Natrix) fasciata confluens, is quite variable in coloration and can range from almost yellow to solid black. It just happens that in your part of it's range, a large number of them are black.
:You guys are right on this stuff!!!!
:OK: Where would I look for pictures of the 'Broad Banded Water Snake' or 'Nerodia'?
:I'm trying to convince the boys across the road, that all snakes are not meant to be killed.
:Tough sledding though. It's in thier family heratage "A snake needs killin" from birth.