A Hatching Snake

Sep 14, 2018
Corn snake
Mike Wesemann via Wikimedia Commons

A listener happens upon a hatching Corn Snake.

The Pine Snake

Aug 17, 2018
A Pine Snake
Glenn Bartolotti [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

A listener finds a snake that is seldom seen in South Carolina, though they live throughout the state.

Corn snake
Mike Wesemann via Wikimedia Commons

Corn Snakes are often mis-identified as venomous and, unfortunately, killed.

This Northern Scarlet snake is sometimes mistaken for a Coral Snake.
Glenn Bartolotti, via Wikimedia Commons

If you happen upon a snake with bands of red, yellow, and black that has red and yellow bands touch, the is an Eastern Coral snake. Beware! Otherwise, you may be looking at a "mimic," like the Northern Scarlet snake.

Red-Bellied Watersnakes. An unusual group photo, probably one female in the tangle being pursued by 3 males.
Vicki DeLoach [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The Red-Bellied Watersnake is common in South Carolina. They are non-venomous.

The Snake on the Porch

May 18, 2018
Eastern Garter snake, Florida.
Glenn Bartolotti via Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern Garter snake is common in South Carolina.

Snake in the Attic

May 7, 2018
SC Public Radio

A listener finds a "snake skin" in the attic...

Is it a Water Moccasin?

Apr 12, 2018
Banded Water Snake
Tom Spinker [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr.

A couple spotted a snake sunning in Francis Beidler Forest...

Eastern Garter snake, Florida.
Glenn Bartolotti via Wikimedia Commons

These snakes emerge from hibernation early in the Spring.

Red Bellied Snake.
Todd Plerson [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

These small snakes are pretty common in backyards.

Brown Snakes

Feb 8, 2018
A Dekay's snake (Storeria dekayi), aka Brown snake.
David Cappaert,

Brown Snakes are nonvenomous, and they often hibernate in piles of dead leaves.

A Northern Brownsnake.
coloneljohnbritt [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a Brownsnake in his yard and wants to know, will it keep Copperheads out of its territory?

Cooperhead Combat

Nov 15, 2017
A southern Copperhead.
Tom Spinker [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

A listener finds a pair of copperheads engaging in a "combat dance."

Sistrurus miliaris miliaris, the Carolina pigmy rattlesnake.

Hiking in Mistletoe State Park a family finds two Carolina pigmy rattlesnakes, the most distinctly patterned, and variably colored subspecie of the pygmy rattlesnake group.

The snake ranges from eastern North Carolina, southwestward through most of South Carolina, across central Georgia and Alabama, and into a small portion of east central Mississippi.

The Snake's Last Meal

Oct 10, 2017
A Canebrake Rattlesnake.
Ltshears, via Wikimedia Commons

A necropsy on a canebrake rattlesnake reveals its last meal.

Eastern Hognose Snakes

Oct 6, 2017
Eastern hognose snake
Wikipedia. Creative Commons License

If you pick up the eastern hog nose snake, it will play dead. It's pretty scary looking, though , so most people don't bother.

A midland water snake.
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

This nonvenomous snake is found from the Midlands to the mountains of South Carolina.

Amphibians on the Menu

Sep 28, 2017
An juvenile Black Rat Snake.
Brad Carlson [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Immature Black Rat snakes will eat amphibians. The adults feed on birds and mammals.

Canebrake Rattlesnakes

Sep 21, 2017
A Canebrake Rattlesnake.
Ltshears, via Wikimedia Commons

The Canebrake rattlesnake tends to stay away from people. However, if you live on South Carolina's coastal plain, you might find one sunning on your porch...

Eastern Cotton Mouth

Sep 19, 2017
An Eastern Cottonmouth snake, agkistrodon piscivorus.
Geoff Gallice, Gainesville, FL; via Wikimedia Commons

These snakes are common on the coastal plain in South Carolina and love wet environments.

A Midland Water Snake, Nerodia sipedon pleuralis.
Peter Paplanus [CC BY 2.0], viaFlickr

Water Snakes are often mistaken for Copperheads because some Water Snakes' colors are similar to those of the Copperhead. However, the pattern on the water snake is always narrow on the sides and wide near the backbone. This is the opposite of the pattern found on the Copperhead.

A juvenile Southern Black Racer
Kevin Enge/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

The adult Striped Racers are black. Juveniles have a blotch pattern.

In South Carolina you will find both the Southern and the Northern Ring-Necked Snakes.

A melanistic Hognose snake.
Natalie McNear [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Hognose snakes usually have a pattern of blotches on their skin. Some, however, are "melanistic," having a nearly solid color.

An adult Black Rat Snake.

Black Rat snakes mating and laying eggs around this time of year will see the eggs hatch in the fall.

Water Snake Intergrades

Jun 16, 2017
Northern Water Snake
Big iron, via Wikimedia Commons

The Midland Water Snake and the Northern Water Snake are "intergrades" of the same species.

Adult Eastern Smooth Earth Snake,Patapsco Valley State Park,Baltimore Co., MD.
David Heise, via Flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]

Eastern Smooth Earth Snakes appear to be moving into South Carolina. The juveniles often hide under rocks.

Rat Snakes

Jun 7, 2017
A Yellow Rat snake.
Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

Yellow Rat Snakes and Black Rat Snakes are two sub species, or inter-grades, of the same species.

Discecting a Snake

May 12, 2017

An animal's carcass can tell a lot about it, in the right hands.

A black (melanistic) Eastern Hognose Snake.
Patrick Coin via Wikimedia Commons

This snake gets its name because of its upturned snout.