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PostSubject: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:07 pm

The Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) as a public service answers snake identification request. Last year (2010) nearly 1,000 request were received and below is a breakdown of the snakes identified.



For some reason juvenile rat snakes seem to cause the most concern.
For additional information see:
http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/concern/snake-of-concern.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:02 pm

Is the site down for anyone else. I can't get it to load scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:04 pm

I saw that chart on the VHS website and it got me wondering. My neighbors usually come and report snakes in their yard to me. And, every time it ends up being a Northern Copperhead. Of course, they show me the snake after they have killed it.

But, you've got to wonder, if I'm seeing 100% Copperheads around my house, and the norm is 2% for VHS, is there an unusual amount of Copperheads near me?
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:36 pm

All I see are copperheads ,every now a then a black snake
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:49 pm

Don wrote:
But, you've got to wonder, if I'm seeing 100% Copperheads around my house, and the norm is 2% for VHS, is there an unusual amount of Copperheads near me?

I don't think anyone knows exactly why, but high population densities of copperheads have been identified around the state in certain locations. I have a few areas around me where copperheads are very abundant, but a few miles down the road they are almost nonexistent, despite similarities in land management, prey abundance, predator abundance, vegetation and other environmental conditions. In general, copperheads are more abundant in the mountains than in the piedmont or coastal plain.

Also the chart only reflects what was identified. It doesn't reflect species populations or abundance.
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:56 pm

fuzz wrote:
All I see are copperheads ,every now a then a black snake

Often the general public can identify a copperhead, but have difficulty distinguishing other snakes from copperheads. Give this test a try: http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/venomous-look-a-likes/copperhead-look-a-likes/copperheadtest/copperhead-test.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:05 pm

Ok pick them all 1st time,I have always thought copperheads are nice looking snakes use to catch them when I was a kid an bring them home. Parents hated snakes!
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:09 pm

Wow! I impressed myself. Got them all on the first look. Guess that comes from seeing the real thing. They aren't that hard to identify, if you know snakes at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:22 pm

Great job! Were you able to identify all the snakes?
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:33 pm

No not all of them still learning
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:37 pm

JW they your picks on Virginia Herpetological Society copperhead test
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:39 pm

Great! Just when I think I may have a handle on the native herps something new pops-up or is discovered.

Yes, they are my pics.
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:48 pm

I never see anything but rat snakes, and unfortunately I'm not the one that finds them first, so they get killed and then I'm told to go identify it...I really hate that!
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:54 pm

Great pics
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PostSubject: Re: Some interesting VA Snake Stats   Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:03 pm

jw wrote:
Great job! Were you able to identify all the snakes?

Nope, just know my copperheads. That is why I'm looking forward to going field herping with VHS. Some of them I recognize, others I am guessing.
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