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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Snake species found in Vermont


As the weather warms up and more people are outside, please be aware of snakes sunning on rocks (or under) or amidst the tall grasses. We have a number of species of snake in Vermont including:

North American Racer - black body with satin sheet - 4'-6' long

*Timber Rattlesnake - black W-shaped cross bands on a tan background - 2' - 4' long

*Ring-necked snake - blue-gray color with a yellow (or orange) underside and a yellow (or orange) ring around its neck - 1' - 2' long

*Eastern ratsnake - black and white checkerboard on the front half, and then turns to a solid dark tone towards the tail - 5' - 6' long

*Milksnake - reddish-brown blotches outlined in black - 2' - 3' long

*Northern watersnake - reddish-brown blotches on a cream background when young. They darken with age to almost solid black with dark brown blotches - 3' - 4' long

*Smooth Greensnake - solid green - 2' long

*DeKay's Brownsnake - brown or grayish-brown - 1' long

*Red-bellied snake - brown or dark gray with red underside - 1' long

*Eastern ribbonsnake - three yellow, length-wise stripes on a black background - 2' to 3' long

*Common gartersnake - three length-wise yellowish stripes, one on the center of the back and one on each side - 2' to 3' long

The timber rattlesnake is Vermont's only poisonous snake. The ones I have *'d are the ones that have been sited in my town (Castleton).

For more information on snakes in this region, click on the link below. There are pictures and lots of great information.

http://community.middlebury.edu/~herpatlas/

Be careful out there!

4 comments:

Kymber said...

Wow...that's alot of snakes!

matthiasj said...

I've seen a lot of snakes so far this year here in KY.

matthiasj
Kentucky Preppers Network

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

I really hate snakes myself. There are several garter snakes that have decided my garden is a really great place to hang out. They keep startling me when I'm not expecting them.

Lamb said...

Come on down to Texas, lol! Snakes, snakes and more snakes! And lizards...a few alligators...tarantulas, the occasional scorpion...
Yeah...I am so looking forward to moving up north!

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