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Feb 23, 2021 21:31:56   #
JimBart Loc: Western Michigan
 
I was doing a little gardening here in Fl today and came across a little creature. Since it resembled a snake and about 6-10” long and the size of a pencil I cut it in half twice. The head had the orange band around it and the entire underbelly was a very similar orange in color. There were no legs.
A cell phone pic of a portion of the head area is attached
Any ideas.


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Feb 23, 2021 21:42:57   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
Why in the hell did you kill it It WAS a Ring-necked Snake. They eat bugs and are totally harmless. I'd like to say a lot more but I won't.

Feb 23, 2021 21:49:39   #
dancers Loc: melbourne.victoria, australia
 
why did you do that??????????? I am HORRIFIED>

 
 
Feb 23, 2021 21:51:44   #
JimBart Loc: Western Michigan
 
I’m sorry curmudgeon I didn’t know. I was told once down south anything orange you kill it. I wasn’t going to let it get into the house . I guess I’ll be wiser in the future thanks to you.
By the way.... thanks for biting your tongue and not adding a few more remarks for this northerner.

Feb 23, 2021 22:00:35   #
waldron7 Loc: State of Confusion
 
Next time, I suggest the responses should be more about educating and less about vilifying and condemning.

Feb 23, 2021 22:32:17   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
waldron7 wrote:
Next time, I suggest the responses should be more about educating and less about vilifying and condemning.


Jim, I apologize. It was a visceral response and Waldron is right I shouldn't have reacted that way. The great majority of snakes are beneficial and their residence in your yard should be encouraged. Learn how to identify rattlesnakes, the only poisonous snake in your area. If it's not a rattlesnake it's a friend.

If you are ever lucky enough to see another Ring-necked Snake, pick it up gently, notice that it is not cold or slimey. In fact if you are gentle it will probably curl around your fingers to absorb your body warmth.

Feb 23, 2021 22:47:00   #
LESTAHL Loc: Colorado
 
Don't pick up rubber boas, unless you like to have your hands stink for hours. Rubber Boas are black without a ring around what we would call a neck. They do not have a pointed tail, it is rounded.

 
 
Feb 23, 2021 23:32:46   #
fantom Loc: Colorado
 
waldron7 wrote:
Next time, I suggest the responses should be more about educating and less about vilifying and condemning.



Feb 23, 2021 23:50:31   #
rcarol
 
Curmudgeon wrote:
Jim, I apologize. It was a visceral response and Waldron is right I shouldn't have reacted that way. The great majority of snakes are beneficial and their residence in your yard should be encouraged. Learn how to identify rattlesnakes, the only poisonous snake in your area. If it's not a rattlesnake it's a friend.

If you are ever lucky enough to see another Ring-necked Snake, pick it up gently, notice that it is not cold or slimey. In fact if you are gentle it will probably curl around your fingers to absorb your body warmth.
Jim, I apologize. It was a visceral response and W... (show quote)


Copperheads as well.

Feb 24, 2021 00:19:57   #
Doc Mck
 
It is not poisonous. Unless it is an invasive species I’m not aware of. Not found here in Texas.

Feb 24, 2021 00:25:29   #
Doc Mck
 
Unfortunately, most city(and some country) kill every snake they see. Most are very beneficial to us. Don’t ever let a local find out you killed a blue Indigo snake in south Texas. They prefer to dine on rattlesnakes. They are huge.

 
 
Feb 24, 2021 00:38:14   #
skylinefirepest Loc: Southern Pines, N.C.
 
I totally agree with you...dudes and dudettes...there are only FOUR types of venomous snakes in the entire United States...Copperheads, Rattlesnakes, Water Moccasins, and Coral Snakes. All except the rattlers come in standard colors with few variations. Only the rattlers have any color differences, usually according to the elevation where they are found, but they all have diamond shaped heads, rattles, and slit eyes. All snakes are beneficial but the non-venomous are a real benefit to mankind. If you can't identify it as one of the venomous types then leave it the hell alone!

Feb 24, 2021 05:40:59   #
John N Loc: HP14 3QF Stokenchurch, UK
 
Learned something today. Even if we have only got Adders here!

Feb 24, 2021 07:57:01   #
Canisdirus
 
Sounds like my neighbor.
Kills everything that moves...
I don't even try to educate him...he's 75 years old...he's hardwired to be unenlightened.

Feb 24, 2021 08:10:17   #
Sirsnapalot Loc: Hammond, Louisiana
 
JimBart wrote:
I was doing a little gardening here in Fl today and came across a little creature. Since it resembled a snake and about 6-10” long and the size of a pencil I cut it in half twice. The head had the orange band around it and the entire underbelly was a very similar orange in color. There were no legs.
A cell phone pic of a portion of the head area is attached
Any ideas.


Just a harmless critter...too bad he looks like a little snake....

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