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Milk Snake

Lampropeltis triangulum


I apologize for this posting but we don't see many snakes here. This one is on the road and is no longer among its slithering brethern. It is approximately 2' in length. Body is gray/tan. Markings down the back are rounded rectangular areas edged in black. Smaller similar markings are on the sides. The head appears to be rounded.


The area behind the road is wooded with swampy areas.


Once again, I apologize for posting pictures of a dead creature but my husband did some sleuthing on his own and has pretty much decided this is a copperhead. I told him we needed an official identification!

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antondazomb 10 years ago
milk snake
Lampropeltis triangulum

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ElaineWebb 10 years ago

Thank you, antondazomb, Mandy Hollman, a vicente419, and Jim West! I really did not think this was a copperhead but my man sure was hopeful (he also suggested rattlesnake ;) ) My Audoban app on the iPad is dangerous in his hands ;) ;)

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 10 years ago

Yep, definitely not a copperhead. Its head is not that triangular shape, and it doesn't have the stout body like they do. It's a pretty little thing. Will be missed among its "slinking brethren."

a.vicente419 10 years ago

Sorry to say, but I do not think this is a copperhead. The pattern doesn't seem right to me. They have more of an hour glass shaped pattern. Also the head doesn't look to be the right shape either (I know it is squished), but copperheads, as well as other venomous snakes, have very angular heads. This one's head looks very round. If I were to guess it would either be a milk snake or a rat snake. Those are the only two snakes in your region that would have a pattern quite like that one.

Jim West
Jim West 10 years ago

Awful far North for a Copperhead.

antondazomb 10 years ago

poor little bugger

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Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Sep 23, 2013
Submitted on Sep 23, 2013

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