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Post  stormdas on Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:00 am

Got a call from a friend to remove a snake from under his porch. Poor thing was caught in a net, reason why it was there since Tuesday. I know it's not venomous and believe it's a water snake just don't know if it's a blotched or a diamond back. Gonna do some first aid for a couple cuts and get it rehydrated before releasing it. Anyone have any good places for a release?




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Post  gatsu7 on Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:06 am

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Post  stormdas on Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:23 am

Thanks. Thought so. Any ideas on a release location?

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Post  PatHigdon on Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:53 am

Looks like a yellow-belly water snake. Diamondback water snake would have a pattern.
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Post  okherp on Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:51 pm

Looks like a diamondback to me, but the pattern is faded and dry. Perhaps a picture that isn't so zoomed in???

Those injuries are minimal and don't require first aid. Release it close to where is was captured.
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Post  stormdas on Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:08 pm

After a closer look at his injuries they are superficial. He is still a little dehydrated from being tangled in that net for 2 days. Gonna release him Sunday at Stanley draper lake.

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Post  Snakeman on Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:42 am

Norman,

That snake is N. erythrogaster transversa (Blotched Watersnake).

Look at the belly and key it out in your field guide.
Also consider where it was captured.

Northern Diamond-backed Watersnakes usually have a patterned belly and usually have a heavier body.

Yellow-bellied Watersnakes are in far southeastern Oklahoma.

Yellow-bellied and Blotched are both subspecies of the Plain-bellied Watersnake.

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Post  PatHigdon on Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:44 am

Plain-belly was my original thought. It sure doesn't look Diamondbackish to me.
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Post  stormdas on Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:51 am

It is a blotched. It was hard to tell with it being so dehydrated

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