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May. 21, 2012, 12:01 PM
Anyone know what this little guy is? It is a baby, one of a few found around the area. It's very docile and sweet and being returned to the great outdoors.
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May. 21, 2012, 12:20 PM
First link isn't working.
May. 21, 2012, 01:04 PM
Or its friend, the Smooth Earth Snake?
May. 21, 2012, 02:20 PM
I don't think that's a "baby" anything. It's either a nearly fully-grown "Earth Snake", as Simkie mentioned, or a nearly fully-grown "Dekay's (aka "Brown") Snake". There are a fair number of snakes that mature at only 9"-10" long & never get any wider/thicker than a pencil. I had a pet "Red-Bellied Snake" (similar species to DeKay's) who gave birth, & the babies were the size of small earthworms.
Both are non-biting harmless eaters of soft-bodied insects, grubs, etc.
May. 21, 2012, 02:38 PM
I think it's a baby because last year there were several that all appeared at once, unless there was a great snake stampede through the office building. This year, so far, there have only been 2 found, but last year over 10 were found within a few days.
I thought it was earth snakes last year, but they were colored differently than this year. This year they are more yellowy-gold.
May. 21, 2012, 03:44 PM
Can't help with the ID, but once I showed up to work for my first day at a small business office and as I was just beginning to walk up the front sidewalk all these ladies came pouring out the front door with the "Oh, my GAWD!!"s sailing through the air. Big black snake crawled out of the pipe in the front office and started slithering around the floor. Emptied out the whole place. I never heard if they showed him the door or just murdered him. Beneficial to all farms, but unfortunately not to all office workers. Ahhh well... ;)
May. 21, 2012, 05:39 PM
The neighbors kids catch those little snakes...they hide in the grass along the outside house brick walls and near/in palm trees. They are very common in the Houston area.
We call them Little Brown Garden Snakes, and I've never seen one more than a foot long, but I don't know if that is their proper name. They are quite docile and almost friendly.
May. 21, 2012, 05:42 PM
Ask 2Jakes. She is a snake expert on tv and with the Miami-Dade Fire Dept Venom Team.
She has a thread on snakes on coth.
May. 21, 2012, 05:50 PM
So I just looked it up...
Yours is a 'Rough Earth Snake' size 9-12 inches, no patterns, yellow to brown in color, depending on feeding conditions and location.
There is another snake 9-14 inches called a 'Texas Brown Snake' but it has dark patches and isn't as docile.
Both good snakes and very common in Texas.
May. 22, 2012, 01:56 PM
Thanks! If they catch more, I was thinking of taking them home and releasing them at the farm far away from the humans..lol (the reason I wanted to be more sure of what it was exactly).