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ID my snakeskin

Jim

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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.
 

Jim

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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?
 

Jim

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

jar_

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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.
 

beginish

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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.
 

Jim

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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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