I received two snake identification requests this week. The first was found in Central Florida under a seat cushion on my parents’ porch. The second is a DOR (roadkilled) snake ID request that Jason received from a friend in New Orleans, Louisiana. Any guesses?
- Central Florida snake to identify –
Central Florida snake – the snake was very aggressive after being discovered by my parents under a porch cushion
- New Orleans snake to identify –
DOR New Orleans snake
Post your guesses in the comments!
My Mom correctly answered the first snake ID request of 2015 – it is a red rat snake (aka corn snake), Pantherophis guttatus. They, along with most other rat snakes, are excellent climbers and are commonly found curled above the ground (above door jams, in trees, in electrical boxes, etc.). Thanks for participating!
My neighbor just sent me this photo of a snake found in an outdoor electrical box. It doesn’t officially feel like spring until I get my first snake ID request, thanks Thomas! This picture was taken in central Florida – any guesses as to what kind of snake it is?
A snake hiding in an electrical box that my neighbor asked me to identify.
My friend, Cary, sent me the photo of this invertebrate crawling on his shoe. Does anyone know what it is? He found it in a dog park in Greenville, South Carolina.
Invertebrate on Cary's shore in a dog park in Greenville, South Carolina
Thanks to everyone who responded, the animal that Stew found is an eastern glass lizard, Ophisaurus ventralis. Stew and Chris correctly knew it was a lizard, and Billy got the correct species. Glass lizards do not have legs, causing many people to confuse them for snakes. Some obvious, major differences between glass lizards and snakes are that glass lizards have eyelids (snakes have a scale over their eyes, no eyelids. Never challenge a snake to a starting contest, they always win), ear openings, a groove that runs along their sides. They are called “glass” lizards (or sometimes glass snakes, despite not being snakes) because, as with many lizards, they are able to detach their tails to distract a predator and escape (making them seem fragile and prone to breaking, like glass). They can regenerate the lost portion of their tail over time. However, they cannot break their bodies and regenerate our survive, just their tails. However, due to the lack of limbs and length of their tails (almost as long add their bodies), they appear to be able to regenerate half of their body (but again, only the tail can detach and regenerate). Thanks again to everyone for participating!