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Snakes of Louisiana

Updated on February 25, 2015
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Louisiana has abundant wildlife, including reptiles such as snakes and turtles. All are welcome in Yvonne's backyard wildlife habitat.

A Snake in the Grass is a Good Thing

Snakes are probably one of the most controversial of all the reptiles. You either love them or hate them. Snakes are a very important link in the food chain and without them our earth would be overrun with vermin and harmful insects. Here in Louisiana there are many beautiful and beneficial non-venomous (non-poisonous) and venomous (poisonous) snakes so anyone who loves the outdoors should learn to identify them at an early age. This page is about coexisting in harmony with the Snakes of Louisiana.

Many of the photos seen here can be purchased in Naturegirl7's Zazzle Shop as print-on-demand products such as posters, cards, apparel, mugs, etc.

Holding Kingsnake photo is copyright Y.L. Bordelon, All Rights Reserved, as are other photos on this page (unless noted otherwise).

Snakes In Our Habitat

Here in Louisiana there are only 6 types of poisonous or venomous snakes and a multitude of non-poisonous ones. My husband has been interested in reptiles since he was a child and his Mother used to take him to Fountainbleau State Park in Mandeville and the Gulf Coast. It was standard procedure to search him before he was allowed in the car for the trip home.

Here in our habitat on the Tchefuncte River we do not kill any snake, even Water Moccasins. When we first moved here, a friend who lived nearby urged us to kill ALL poisonous snakes on our property, but we believe that all snakes are beneficial to the environment as a whole. To avoid accidents, we cut wide trails and watch where we walk. Al discourages those poisonous snakes that insist on lurking near the path by using a long stick to flip them back into the water.

During rainy periods, when the water rises, all water snakes spend more time on the high ground because their normal holes and dens are flooded. We know that we must be alert during these times.

 

Young Black Racer Postcard on Zazzle

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Snakes are a Very Important Link in the Food Chain and in the Cycle of Life

Snakes and Other Reptiles Shed Their Skin

When we walk through our habitat, we often find snake skins. In fact, we found several, very large skins in our attic that came from a rat snake that visited it in search of the mice that got in when the house was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Now we don't have a problem with mice in the attic.

We think that the skin in the photo above belonged to a very large rat snake. You can see how it rubbed on leaves and branches to work the skin off. The head is somewhere behind the log on the left. We estimate that this snake was over 5 feet long.

When a snake (or any reptile) sheds its skin it is called ecdysis. Snakes shed their skins in one piece, including the eye caps. This is usually done about once a month. There are many factors which affect how often a snake sheds, such as: the species, its age, nutritional and reproductive status, the presence of skin parasites or bacteria and the temperature and humidity. Usually younger snakes shed more frequently than adults and shedding often precedes mating and giving birth.

You can tell that a snake is going to shed by the following signs:

  • Its skin becomes dull looking.

  • Its eyes become cloudy or bluish.

  • The snake becomes nervous because it can not see well. For this reason, Snakes may be a little more aggressive right before they shed.

Check out our Photo Gallery on Cottonmouth Moccasin Snake to see photos of a Cottonmouth that is preparing to shed.

 

Reference: Drs. Foster & Smith

Most of the Time, If You Leave Snakes Alone, They Will Leave You Alone.

Non-Venomous Snakes

Diamond-back Watersnake Postcard on Zazzle

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Some of Louisiana's Non-venomous Snakes

There are countless numbers of beneficial non-poisonous snakes in Louisiana. These snakes do a great service for us, by eating vermin and insects. Of course some of them also eat birds, but this is the cycle of life so it is as nature intended. The following is a list of non-poisonous snakes. Most have links to more information and I will be adding photos of the ones that are common here in Southeastern Louisiana. I have also written individual lenses about several of the more common species here in the habitat. Some of the photos are of our resident snake handler who has years of experience doing this sort of thing, so kids, don't try this at home.


King / Milksnakes

Louisiana Milksnake

mole kingsnake

prairie kingsnake

scarlet kingsnake


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Scarlet King Snake Postcard by eaglelady1


speckled kingsnake

Buy Speckled Kingsnake Poster by naturegirl7 on Zazzle.


Water Snakes

Yellow Bellied Water Snake
Yellow Bellied Water Snake

yellow-bellied water snake (Picture Above by Y.L. Bordelon)

blotched water snake

broad-banded water snake (Picture below by Y.L. Bordelon)


Broad banded Water Snake
Broad banded Water Snake

Diamond-back Watersnake Poster on Zazzle

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Buttermilk Racer
Buttermilk Racer

Black Racer Sensing Poster on Zazzle

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Black Racer Sensing Poster by naturegirl7

Tan Racer


Texas Rat Snake with (Rat) Lumps

Texas Rat Smale with Lump
Texas Rat Smale with Lump
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References: Kingsnake.com and Dundee, Harold A. and Douglas A. Rossman, The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana.

Corn Snake image is public domain.

Yellow Rat Snake Postcard on Zazzle

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Yellow Rat Snake Postcard by lisawilliamspostcard

Other Non-Poisonous Snakes

Pine Snakes, Brown Snakes, Worm Snakes and Mud Snakes

Black Pine Snake

Louisiana Pine Snake

Florida Red-bellied Snake

Marsh Brown Snake

Midland Brown Snake

Midland Brown Snake

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Midland Brown Snake photo Creative Commons

Texas Brown Snake

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Western Worm Snake photo Creative Commons

Western Mud Snake

References: Kingsnake.com and Dundee, Harold A. and Douglas A. Rossman, The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana.

 

Rainbow and Eastern Hognose Snakes

Rainbow Snake in Georgia
Rainbow Snake in Georgia

Rainbow Snake photo permission for any purpose

Rainbow Snake

Eastern Hognose Snake (Pictured below, by Y.L. Bordelon)

Hognose Playing Dead

Hognose Playing Dead
Hognose Playing Dead

Crawfish Snakes, Earth Snakes, Garter / Ribbon Snakes, Crowned / Flat-headed Snakes

Delta Crawfish Snake

Graham's Crawfish Snake

Gulf Crawfish Snake

Rough Earth Snake

Western Earth Snake

Eastern Ribbon Snake (Pictured below, by Y.L. Bordelon)


More Ribbon Snakes

Ribbon Snakes
Ribbon Snakes

Baby Ribbon Snake

Baby Ribbon Snake
Baby Ribbon Snake

Ring Neck Snake

Ring Neck Snake
Ring Neck Snake

Mississippi Ringneck Snake (Pictured above, by Y.L. Bordelon)

Northern Scarlet Snake

Pine Woods Snake

Rough Green Snake (Pictured Below, by Y.L. Bordelon)

References: Kingsnake.com and Dundee, Harold A. and Douglas A. Rossman, The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana.


Rough Green Snake by Y.L. Bordelon

Rough Green Snake by Y.L. Bordelon
Rough Green Snake by Y.L. Bordelon

Favorite Snake Poll

Which is your favorite snake?

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Encyclopedia of Snakes

The New Encyclopedia of Snakes
The New Encyclopedia of Snakes

Information about all kinds of snakes with photographs.

 

Venomous Snakes

Cottonmouth Fishing on Zazzle

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Dogs and Venomous Snake

Recently, during a high water period, our Cocker Spaniel, 2nd Chance, encountered a Water Moccasin with a particularly nasty disposition.

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As I look back on the incident, Chance is sort of a hero. I had my back turned and was standing about 3 feet away looking up into the trees for a water bird that had flown from Pruden Creek and Chance got between me and the snake. I heard a yip and a scuffle and turned in time to see Chance swinging a medium sized water moccasin back and forth as it hung from his neck. The snake finally dropped from Chance's throat and began to slither away as Chance lunged at him. I yelled for Al and got the leash on Chance and tried to take him in the opposite direction while Al herded the snake away from us. Chance still wanted a piece of that snake and followed it until it escaped into a hole. When I felt Chance's throat, there was blood, so I knew he had been bitten.

Cottonmouth Sunning Postcard on Zazzle

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Our Vet told us years ago that unless it is an extraordinarily large poisonous snake, that dogs usually do not react like we do to the venom. Usually Benadryl given after the bite will suffice, but when they are bitten around the throat area, the wound can become abscessed, so more care must be given. We normally take our cell phone when we walk the dogs to the river, so we called Dr. Rusty and he said to bring him in. He shaved the area and sure enough, there were 2 fang marks, right in the middle of his throat. He cleaned the wound with hydrogen peroxide and gave him 3 shots (Cortisone, Benadryl and Penicillin) plus a weeks worth of antibiotic pills. We were told to watch for swelling and signs of an infection.

 

Snakes of the World Book
Snakes of the World Book

Dover Coloring Book: Snakes of the World

Dover Coloring Books: Snakes of the World
Dover coloring books are high quality productions using heavy white opaque paper, with first-rate artwork and informative text and captions. When I taught school, I used many Dover images in my thematic units.

Normally, A Snake Would Rather Flee Than Fight

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin Poster on Zazzle

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Buy Cottonmouth Moccasin Poster by naturegirl7 on Zazzle

Louisiana's Poisonous Snakes

This is the list of all the poisonous snakes that are indigenous to the state of Louisiana. These are the only ones that could be dangerous or harmful, but even they have their place in nature and should be left alone if they are not threatening life or limb.Coral Snakes, Moccasins (Copperheads and Cottonmouths) and Rattlesnakes

   A. Eastern Coral Snake Texas Coral Snake

   B. western Pygmy Rattlesnake

   C. Copperhead

   D. Cottonmouth

   E. Timber (Canebrake) Rattlesnake

   F. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

 

Photo reference: Dundee, Harold A. and Douglas A. Rossman. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana. LSU Press, 1989

Venomous Snakes of the Southeast

A great book about the venomous snakes that you may encounter in the Southeastern United States.

Snakes of North America and Canada

An excellent book for identifying these North American reptiles.

Books for Snakelings

Slinky Scaly Slithery Snakes Book & CD

Slinky Scaly Slithery Snakes
Your little reptile lover will love to read and listen to this wonderful, informative book.

More Books for the Snakelings

Snakes Poll

Now how do you feel about snakes?

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Rattlesnake Video

Black Racer Hunting Postcard on Zazzle

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Snakes as Pets

Keeping Snakes

Many people enjoy keeping snakes as pets. There are many habitats, products and books available for snake fanciers.

Snake Keeping Habitats and Equipment

Pet Snake Poll

Do you have any pet snakes or other reptiles?

See results

Featured on Giant Community Showcase

Our lens was featured on Giant Community Showcase and this is what they had to say about it:

I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes

October 9th, 2008

But I do want to know what I'm up against if I ever run into one. That's why lenses like new Giant lensmaster Naturgirl7's Snakes of Louisiana are so great! I can get up close and personal without really getting up close and personal with something I am a little bit fearful of.

The lens makes fantastic use of photos, articles, links, and video to help the reader truly understand the world of these somewhat creepy but oh so beneficial reptiles. It discusses both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes native to Louisiana and points out the benefits of both in nature. Naturegirl7's lens is fun to read yet highly educational.

What knowledge do you have to share with the world? What are you an expert at? Sometimes we overlook the obvious when we think about that question. Sometimes we reach too far. Naturegirl7 could have made a lens about snakes in general but by localizing her lens to her own region, she actually shares more by concentrating on less.

By sharing something she knows about her own "backyard" she's opened up that backyard to the world and become the Squidoo.com Snakes of Louisiana expert.

© 2008 Yvonne L. B.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Another great lens! Don't forget to add it to a Plexo on A Walk in the Woods but please ask the snakes to stay out off my path.

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      Very informative lens! Looks like you did your homework! I am blessing it for you!

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      RoundTrip 8 years ago

      As a snake lover, I really enjoyed this lens. Tons of great information and photos. 5*

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I have to confess to a fear of snakes. Living in the UK for the first part of my life I never had to even think about them! But now I live in the US I am learning........

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I've never been afraid of snakes, but have hiked with people who would rather encounter a T-Rex on the trail. I'm so glad Chance recovered from the bite! Blessings for him (and your lens).

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      MatCauthon 8 years ago

      Chance is a real hero. I like dogs like him. Cool dog.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      You've created a beautiful and interesting lens. 5*s and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing for your great effort!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You either love them or hate them .... I definitely hate them * shivers cowardly * but loved your lens, what a wonderful job you did! - Kathy

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Louisiana is just like South Carolina. We have more snakes than we need.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      Music-Resource 8 years ago

      Hi NatureGirl7: Wonderful Snakes of Louisiana lens. I like the close-up of the Black Racer. I used to handle Garters and Red Bellies in my youth. ~Music Resource~

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      This great lens is today's feature at the Giant Squid Community Showcase!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice lens. Welcome to Squidoo Guild. Also I lensrolled to my Know your snakes lens

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens. Congrats on getting featured on the Giant Squid community showcase blog :)

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens. Congrats on getting featured on the Giant Squid community showcase blog :)

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      GreenRevolution 8 years ago

      Really cool lens on the "Snakes of Louisiana"! I think it's very interesting and well-designed. Thanks for sharing. I learned quite a bit about snakes from your wonderful lens.

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      real_estate_hawaii 8 years ago

      Nice feature here in your lens, Snakes of Louisiana. Keep up the good work.

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      nancydodds1 8 years ago

      WOW excellent information about snakes. I gave you my rating.

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      Karolsstuff 8 years ago

      Great lens...learned a lot!! :>) 5 stars!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      great lens you have there....

      i like it.

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      LisaJo1 8 years ago

      You've made a great lens here! Wonderful job. I haven't seen such good pictures like that before. I have run into my fair share, too. 5'ers! Fav.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      An absolutely wonderful lens. so much info and great photos to go with them. I'm impressed by your knowledge. 5 stars, favorite and I'm now a FAN! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

      Lizzy

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      coopd 8 years ago

      Great information and great pictures! Thank you for joining my Nature Lovers group :)

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      editionh 8 years ago

      Snakes are fascinating animals. I enjoyed your lens a lot.

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      The Homeopath 8 years ago

      What a stunning variety you have down there. Living on the high plains, we've got precious few native species and I've only observed 2 of them - Rattlesnakes and Bull Snakes - in the wild. Thank you for featuring my Bull Snakes page here, I love seeing them in the summer!

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens (5*) I love snakes, but we don't have many in the UK: just the grass snake; smooth snake and the adder, which is rather small and is the only poisonous one. I was bitten by an adder as a child, because I used to go looking for them in the long grass, but it was a small male one and didn't even manage to get its teeth through my sock.

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      You have love and respect for these beautiful creatures you did a great job !

      Thank You

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      Arthur_R_Chan 8 years ago

      Fabulous lens! I am fascinated by snakes, and recently had the privilege of holding a couple: a gopher snake (from here in California) and a king snake from another part of the country. They're beautiful creatures!

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      Wow, those are some serious snakes! I'm glad we don't have anything bigger than garter snakes up here in the PNW. Of course, the slugs might get ya if you're not careful... ;)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Whew! Exciting and very interesting topic!

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      billco1 8 years ago

      Here is Alabama we have snakes all over the place, especially near the water. I'll never be a snake lover, but I leave them alone. I'm in the woods a lot, and I always watch where I put my feet.

      Nice lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Snakes have their place in the ecosystem and I respect that. I just don't like coming across them unexpectedly.

      Great lens

      Bj

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      motorpurrr 8 years ago

      A beautiful lens. Such a variety of snakes there.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Incredible work on this lens, blessed!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Kay 8 years ago

      Very nice lens. I seem to be a bit of a rattlesnake magnet so, forgive me if I don't get too mushy over the content :) but very nicely put together.

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      carny 8 years ago

      Lovely photographs, I love snakes! (How they look, anyway :).

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I will happily hold a python but I find it hard to even look at photos of poisonous snakes. But I firced myself to go through this lens and all I can say is blessssssssings to you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent Lens. 5*

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Snakes (even poisonous ones) help to balance the ecosystem by eating rodents and insects that could easily overpopulate an area.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      I am happy that I live in Lithuania ant there is no any snake, except whipsnakes

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      What a great lens on snakes and so beautifully written. I am one of those people who are afraid of snakes. A small snake found its way into out bathroom and coiled itself inside my make-up drawer. It was about 2 feet long and had black and brown diamond markings, sort of like that of a python. I freaked out and my husband took the drawer outside and got rid of the snake.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      This is wonderful! I've always been fascinated by things that scare me, including snakes; although I'd never want to kill one. The rattlers back east were so hard to see in the tall grass, so I had more than a few close calls on the farm in Pennsylvania and when hiking on the Appalchian Trail. Out here in Arizona, though, they tend to be a little easier to spot and a bit better at warning me before I get too close. Once I know they're there, I do enjoy watching them--or any snake--from a safe distance.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I guess I'm wise to be cautious about poisonous snakes but I really like the ones that are non-poisonous. Great lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      pylemountain1 6 years ago

      Now this is a great snake lens and quite timely for me. This past weekend, I was mowing around our pond dam (happens to be close to our front yard) and I saw four water snakes. Not sure what the exact name is. The weekend before that, I was running our bush hog (big tractor mower) and ran over two Copperheads on the far side of the pond dam. Like having the water snakes around, but I can't have the Copperheads in my front yard. :-)

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      compugraphd 6 years ago

      I DO like spiders and snakes -- I have loved snakes (which I rarely see in "person") since I read a scholastic book about them when I was 8 or 9 and I always love to see (and pet) snakes at the local fair (yeah, I know, they're probably better off if they're not pets, but it's the only way I get to see them). Thanks for pics of all those cool snakes.

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      cherylsgifts2go 6 years ago

      I still do not like snakes but, really found your lens interesting. We live in the Everglades in SW Florida and see many of these same snakes here. I have a black racer that lives somewhere in my garden. His name is Henry - LOL - cause he always comes out and scares me and I say,"Oh Henry" and he slithers away.

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      SilverLotus1 6 years ago

      I love Louisianna, but not too sure about the snakes! (just kidding). Excellent lens!

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      T Pets 6 years ago

      Excellent site with some amazing photo's. I'm quite jealous we only have 3 species of snake living wild here (U.K.)

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Angel Blessing for content, design and passion. Would be a good LOTD

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Stopping back by to give a blessing to this excellent nature lens! Added to my December Blessings Lens

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      You certainly know your stuff! Coming from a country with few snakes, this was fascinating ot me and how many snakes you have. Brilliant.

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      I like snakes because they are beautiful. I like all reptiles, for that matter. Snakes are useful because they eat pests such as rats and mice, and their venom can be used to make medicines. Great lens, keep it up.

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fantastic lens! I love snakes.

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fantastic lens! I love snakes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like snakes, but I can't help but get startled when I first see. Its just an automatic reaction to them. After that I'm just fine, and I like to handle them and let them go. This is a very good lens on snakes, I'm impressed with all the knowledge. Blessed!

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      nestboxes 6 years ago

      awesome lens. So much information. I love snakes. I like the fact you let them live in harmony with you

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i guess i understand they are beneficial intellectually, but i still can't intellectualise my fears away! cheers

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      caffimages 6 years ago

      Thanks for putting together this lens. We only have two snakes in the UK and never see them! My only chance to see any is at the zoo...or on your lens.

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      promotional-coupons-codes 6 years ago

      Thanks for info. I love snakes but never got the chance to have one as my parent don't like them. It was nice to see so many items on snake specially the skateboard.

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      Tiggered 6 years ago

      Great lens :) you've got quite a selection there

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      ellagis 5 years ago

      You´re right, most of the times if you leave the snake alone, it will leave you alone. Except if you meet a very stubborn viper, like I did some years ago. I didn´t want to hurt it, but I needed to take a sample (I don´t tell you of what) that was near it. I tried to make some noise with my stick, just to let it know that I was there.... but it went on looking at me and staying in the same place. It won: I went away :D

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      seradis 5 years ago

      Very good informative lens! I never knew what a copperhead snake looked like

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      Tarra99 5 years ago

      Thorough lens! WOW! Tons of info here...I had a snake once...when I wasn't afraid of them, that's now changed with age :o)

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      anaamhussain 5 years ago

      Oh what a totally wonderful lens! I love snakes.No one in my family understands my fascination with them and choose to call it madness. I don't get it. Look at how beautiful they are! How can someone not like these beauties. I enjoyed every word every picture in your lens :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      I love snakes. i grew up always looking at my Northern American reptile book. When I was younger, I visited Australia and had a blast. My dream was to find a Goanna.

      I'm amazed how many snakes there are in Louisiana.

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      StudioElysee 5 years ago

      What a great lens. Do not see too many snakes where I live in Louisiana, but it is not impossible! Great info to help recognize which ones are dangerous and which are not. The info about dogs not reacting the same way as we do to venom is fascinating as well- - I did not know that!

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      rockenroller 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, keep up the great work

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      A great lense. Not too many snakes are native to England - although I was once nearly bitten by an Adder as a child. A wonderful read.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed my reading here, as many readers I'm not a fan of snakes but enjoyed your writing to show points of how good it is to have them around in certain places. earned a squidlike from this reader indeed tonight.

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      TopToysForKids 5 years ago

      I have an unhealthy obsession with snakes, which I guess started because my mom was extremely afraid of them. She would scream if she saw one...so a boy's gotta have some fun! :)

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      VERY Nice Lens!

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      nephthys lm 5 years ago

      I don't have a pet snake, but I have a dried slow-worm head. Which is technically dead, and not a snake (legless lizard thing). I found it on the fell, - thought it was a bracken shoot at first. love the lens!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      I remember as a youngster, hunting down Garter snakes, playing with them for a bit and then letting them go. Another well done lens.

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      I remember as a youngster, hunting down Garter snakes, playing with them for a bit and then letting them go. Another well done lens.

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      LampsPest 5 years ago

      Even though I am no fan of snakes I did enjoy your lens and all the pictures I do have admit they can be rather cute

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      snakes don't bother me, I've black racers and garter in my yard. One was sleeping in my laundry room once. I took his picture and left him alone. Nice lens and thank you!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      I have always found them fascinating, but never really wanted to own them. But have held young pythons and felt pretty proud (I was all of 6/7 the first time). Lovely lens

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      I've read a few novels about Louisiana which feature snakes and I'm just pleased that we have few snakes here in Limousin.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Snakes are cool! I had a really great teacher in elementary school who kept his very large gopher snake, Gumby, in the classroom, where we all grew accustomed to caring for him. Love the pictures here... the rainbow snake is beautiful!

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      SpenceG 4 years ago

      I like the kingsnakes. They're non-poisonous and great for preserving crops and garden.

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      potovanja 4 years ago

      I think your lens worht another LIKES:). Thank you 4 visit my lens...

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I'm in the camp of leavin' them alone and watching from a distance - such pretty creatures, but I'd rather not get bitten. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I'm not a snke person, but this is such an informative lens. Blessed!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I still hate rattlers and cottonmouths. They are just plain mean and nasty, not to mention evil ugly. I still do not want to kill them just live and let live. They should eat rats and leave people and their pets alone.

      You're in St Tammany Parish? I'm next door in Tickfaw in Tangipahoa Parish. We got plenty of snakes here too! I did like your lens, but I still don't like snakes, any kind of snakes. Herpetology is not for me! Especially the snakey aspect of the discipline.

      TonyB

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      esichrissa 4 years ago

      agility + poison makes it too creepy

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      Yvonne L. B. 4 years ago from Covington, LA

      @tonybonura: Yes, there are plenty of snakes in southeastern Louisiana, but in the riparian area where I live, the only venomous one that we see a lot of is the Cottonmouth. Even though I was recently bitten by a small one, I continue to only relocate them if they are by the house. However, I am much more careful about watching where I walk and where I put my hands.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      A great lens. Very thoroughly done with amazing images and description.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. I too believe that generally speaking, if you leave snakes alone, they will leave you alone. They are indeed, natures equalizer. Thanks for a good read.

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Totally enjoyed this lens! I love black racer snakes, thank you.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Well done!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Great pictures! As a young girl, and not a very girly-girl at that, I used to catch and keep Garter Snakes as pets. I get a start when I see them now, but once I know they are there, enjoy seeing them now and then. We have ringnecks and the hard-to-see green snakes as well.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Excellent lens. I've always believed that snakes are beneficial, but they still scare the snot out of me, because they are usually under my feet by the time I see them. I spend a lot of time outdoors and in the woods, but luckily there are only a few poisonous snakes in my area and they are not common.

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      ramonabeckbritman 3 years ago

      BRAVO!!! Standing ovation. Wonderful Lens! I am super afraid of snakes but, I do find them fascinating.

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      chantel-nunur 3 years ago

      I have a king and Mr and my family love, s him.

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Great lens, with some awesome photos. Thanks for including one of my lenses in your lists above. Snakes make great pets!

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