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Janet
Jun. 3, 2011, 12:32 AM
I have found a snake in my barn the last couple of evenings, but I do not know what it is. It is quite small, about a foot long, and as thick as my little finger.

It is not afraid, when I get close to it, it moves off about 2 feet, but doesn't slither out of sight, the way most snakes do.

Base color is gray, with hexagonal shaped brown blotches at regular intervals. a couple of black bars in each hexagon. Belly appears to be white- didn't get a good look.

There is a web site which claims to help you identify snakes in VA- but the first question is about the shape of the snake's iris. Even if the snake would let me, I don't want to put my face that close.

FalseImpression
Jun. 3, 2011, 12:53 AM
Take a picture and pm 2Jakes. There was a fantastic thread a year ago about snakes and identifying them.

http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=222550&highlight=2jakes

Guin
Jun. 3, 2011, 07:37 AM
Maybe an Eastern Hognose?

Good site w/pix:

http://www.trailquest.net/SNnonpoi.html

carolprudm
Jun. 3, 2011, 07:50 AM
juvenile black rat?

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/gaston/Pests/reptiles/pages/rat.htm

at bottom

Guin
Jun. 3, 2011, 08:11 AM
Those rat snakes have diamonds when they're little and stripes when they get big?

carolprudm
Jun. 3, 2011, 08:31 AM
Those rat snakes have diamonds when they're little and stripes when they get big?
Yup and can also be almost solid black with a white belly

WildBlue
Jun. 3, 2011, 08:44 AM
I wondered about rat snake, as well. We had the black ones where I grew up, an hour or so north of here, but my farm now has light-colored, patterned rat snakes. Freaked me out until I had someone identify a picture.

silanac
Jun. 3, 2011, 11:37 AM
sounds like it could be a rat snake. those are most common in our area, along with the easily identifiable black snake. the most important question is the shape of its head. if its head was roughly the same width as its body then it is not poisonous. however, if its head is wider where it meets the body and tapers to its nose like a triangle, it is a poisonous snake!

Janet
Jun. 3, 2011, 12:51 PM
Head is the same size as the body, and roughly rectangular.

I have dealt with plenty of black snakes ( and like having them), but they were all- well - BLACK, not patterned.

Janet
Jun. 3, 2011, 12:57 PM
juvenile black rat?

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/gaston/Pests/reptiles/pages/rat.htm

at bottom

I think that is probably it. Thanks

alabama
Jun. 4, 2011, 02:13 AM
Here's my juvie black rat: http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c180/1Indian/house%20snakes/snake3.jpg

and one I released:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c180/1Indian/house%20snakes/snake2.jpg

Janet
Jun. 4, 2011, 12:18 PM
Do they turn all black as they get older?