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ID my snakeskin


Found this this morning in my wildflowers garden.
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Overall lenth is 46 inches.
The head looks like it might be a pit-viper. If it is, I'd call it a Rattler. If you can find the area of the "Anal Plate", look at the scales. A double row of scales means it is a non-venomous snake. Our non-venomous snake scales will divide into 2 rows after it passes the Anal plate. This is not the case with venomous snakes.
Going back the a rattler, it's tail looks like no other, but the skin on it does not shed, so there won’t be a tip found on the shed.



Not sure what to look for hope this photo helps.
We are in rattler territory so that is very possible.
That does look split, but I'm not sure. As I looked at the shed, there did not appear to be a tail-tip. Does the head look like a pit-viper?


I have seen a precipitous drop in chipmunk numbers on my property recently... thinking this might explain the change.


And great to have around the house. We used to have a Black snake that lived in the ceiling in one house and sometimes came down to visit.


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Without the rattle, it could also be the shed skin of a copperhead, which is found in @Jim 's neck(s) of the woods.


Quite true Bob.
We do have plenty of watersnakes that can appear like the pattern and coloration of a copperhead. Makes fishing a sometimes excitingly adventure.
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