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Old 05-15-04, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of snake is this?

I just caught it in my backyard, trying to find out what kind it is...
It's about 12 inches long. We've had a lot of rain lately here and I found it slithering around in pudsles int he back yard near my pool.
I've been looking up pictures of most of the types of snakes we have around here (Louisiana) and it doesn't really look like any of them from what I've seen... can anyone help me?

Sorry, couldn't get a better pic yet... it's in the only thing I could find to hold it in temporarily... and this 25kb size limit isn't helping much
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Old 05-15-04, 02:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a Midland or Salt Marsh Water Snake (nerodia sipedon pleuralis)

It feeds mostly on aquatic prey BUT can learn to take frozen thawed rodents.

If you keep it, make sure to provide a good size water bowl.

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Old 05-15-04, 02:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Awesome, thanks.
So I guess I wuld be correct in assuming this snake is non-venomous?


Also, from what I'm reading right now about this type of snake, they are found in marshy areas mainly. Is it unusual that I found it in a sub-urban area with almost no water around (except for the standing water left by the storms we've had)

I guess I'll go get an aquarium for it tonight and keep it. I sold my ball python and reticulated python a while back and have been wanting a new snake ever since
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Totaly non venomous....

You mentioned it was found in a rain puddle, they cover lots of ground when habitat is somewhat wet.

Also, I beleive they tolerate backish to mild salt water BUT prefer fresh water.
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It looks like it has recently ate to, unless thats it's stripes giving it that look......really neat looking snake!
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How much water do I need in cage for it? I currently have a ~11x6inch bowl with 3 inches of water in it, is this ample?

Also, what can I feed it for the time being? We have tons of green tree frogs out here, would those be good?

I'll probably end up buying some guppies and stocking it's water bowl with them heh... would that work?

I would freeze some mice, but I don't think it's big enough to eat them yet. It's only about 10-12 inches long
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" It looks like it has recently ate to, unless thats it's stripes giving it that look......really neat looking snake!"


Yeah, I noticed that.. it's pretty fat... probably having a field day with all the frogs this rain has brought out.
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Better pic now that I got it in an aquarium:

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I would freeze some mice, but I don't think it's big enough to eat them yet. It's only about 10-12 inches long
You can buy pinkie mice for it at almost every petstore that sells reptiles.
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That's right, didn't even think about those. Thanks
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What kind of shavings are those? They look like cedar shavings
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Old 05-15-04, 04:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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yeah cedar was all i had... i figured it wouldn't hurt to keep it with cedar shavings for a few hours

I'm probably going to go get turf tonight for it, either that or aspen shavings
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You should take the snake off the cedar right away...cedar is toxic to snakes!

just a thought.
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I think honestly the best bet would be to release that animal where you found it, keeping a snake you know nothing about hardly ever turns into a nice story! Good luck with whatever your decision is!
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I agree with Joe on this (wow, never thought i would say that!).. It's likely in your best interest as well as the snakes.
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