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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-03-2018, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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What kind, and what ate it?

Found this half eaten snake today. I died after it crawled into some bird netting around my blueberry bushes, and became stuck. Something took a healthy bite out of it. Raccoon, skunk, bear? Had that V-shaped viper head. What's left there was perhaps 14 inches.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-03-2018, 01:32 PM
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Copperhead, roll it over and from the vent to the tip of the tail the scales will be straight across just like from the vent forward, there won't be any difference. This is on a pit viper. A non-venomous snake will have bifurcated scales from the vent to the tip of the tail, straight across from the vent forward.

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That might not be the best way to ID this one, tundra. From what Sojourner wrote, I'm guessing that part of the snake is gone.
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Looks like a copperhead to me. It has the tell tale hour glass markings. They are a realatively slender snake with a head copper colored like a penny, hence the name. Who knows what could have taken a bite out of it once it was dead.
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Yep. Copperhead.

Easy field markings of opposing "Hershey Kisses". Easy I.D. even without the head or tail.

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Eastern Copperhead. Agkistrodon contortrix. Using solely head shape is not a good way to ID any type of snake!
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