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Old 07-11-2008, 12:54 PM   #11
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Thank you Mike, I'm in OH...

DH just e-mailed me that he thinks it's a Milk Snake
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:06 PM   #12
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Hiya again, it's just me.
I found the wiki page on these snakes n they are very popular as pet snakes. Could be that it's an escapee from someones house in the neighborhood.
I don't think it's a buzztail or a bull snake (we have those round here all the time, hubby used to put bull snakes n buzz tails together in a horse tank n see who came out the winner) Corn snakes or as they're called round here rat snakes are pretty n lot's of peeps have em for pets.

My sis, who lives south of town here, has to always be on the lookout for buzztails, she has to watch where she steps before she gets out of the car n also to keep n eye on the porch to make sure one isn't hiding there.
O, BTW, buzztails is slang round here for rattlesnakes.

Anywho, here's the link to the wiki page about corn snakes or rat snakes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_Snake#Variations

ETA: I think that corn snakes, or milk snakes or rat snakes are pretty much the same thing just different names attached to em from round the country.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:25 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by dustinac View Post
Thank you Mike, I'm in OH...

DH just e-mailed me that he thinks it's a Milk Snake
That's a good bet. They're everywhere but the extreme north and northern half of the rockies.

Bull snake isn't likely to be in Ohio.

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I think that corn snakes, or milk snakes or rat snakes are pretty much the same thing
My book shows corn and rat as different species.
Corn isn't there but rat is (and their picture of the grey subspecies looks a lot like the picture).
Fox is a subspecies of Corn and could be in parts of Ohio.

Milk is a different species and would definitely be there.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:27 PM   #14
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I agree that it's a corn snake. And that it's not unusual for a nonvenomous snake to rattle its tail when agitated...in fact, a gray racer scared me half to death one time rattling its taill like that--it was lying amid some dry brush and the vibrating tail made the dry twigs rattle like a rattelsnake! (Large nonpoisonous snakes will bite if grabbed tho'--they may not have poison, but they still do have small sharp teeth that will just barely break the skin.)

BTW, if you look at the photo you posted I can give you a hint for IDing venomous snakes. You notice how the snakes head joins the neck very smoothly? A venomous snake has 2 large poison glands, 1 behind each jaw. It gives the head a heavy triangular shape. You can tell EXACTLY where a poisonous snakes head stops and the neck starts.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:38 PM   #15
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eek snakes. *runs away*
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:19 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Dangles View Post
eek snakes. *runs away*
I'm with ya on that!
I know that some snakes are beneficial and everything, but they give me the heebie-jeebies!
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Definitely a young corn snake. I've seen many of them over the years.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:17 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Dangles View Post
eek snakes. *runs away*
Originally Posted by mks22300 View Post
I'm with ya on that!
I know that some snakes are beneficial and everything, but they give me the heebie-jeebies!
I'm the same way...I don't even like looking at the ones on the internet to find a match

Thanks guys for all the replies...the veterinarian also said milk snake or corn snake
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Interesting. discussion. I could not identify it readily but from what I remember about snakes I agree with the corn snake crowd.
I think he is pretty. I like snakes and find them interesting to watch if I know they aren't poisonous. All we get around here are garter snakes. They slither around so fast they always totally startle me. Once I realize what it is it's long gone under the bushes where I can't see it.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:38 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by Dangles View Post
eek snakes. *runs away*
Exactly!
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