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Posted by Thudpucker on May 11, 2003 at 11:44:57:
Southwest Louisiana, Beauregard Parish, near a lake, but high ground.
This guy was relaxing on the edge of the worm bed. (three teenage boys squealed like little girs when they raised that lid and the snake began to move)
He's about 30+ inches long. Small head and long slender taperd sharp pointed tail. Sort of a 'flat tire' belly. The sides flabbed out as he went off.
Bueatiful dull black with Bright yellow checks.
The checks range in size from one scale, to a group of scales about 1/2" square.
The large squares alternate in a checkerboard pattern. The larger aquares of Yellow checks are on his lower sides and belly.
He's pretty fast too.
Oldherperguy, thanks for the tip on Roger conants book. I'm sure I can get it through the library.
PS: while fishing I tried teasing a large Moccasin with a live minnow. I just held the wriggeling minnow up to his nose dangling from the end of my fishing rod.
He just turned his head.
When I moved the minnow over to his nose again, he left!
We have some really brightly colored snakes that I see swimming across the creek too. Could that be Copperheads? Or is there some water snakes with the bright fall colors, in the spring?
A green snake tried to get a fish off my stringer. I watched him try to get the little sunfish by the head. He was foiled by the stringer though. I ran him off.
Lots of snakes down here. But the book in the library has not id'd any of the ones I've seen so far. Except Moccasins and Copperheads.