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Can anyone identify this snake? My buddies dad caught it outside of his house in loranger. Had a few people tell me it was a diamondback water snake, but in all the pictures I've seen online of them, none have a triangular-shaped head like this one. I thought it might be some kind of subspecies of copperhead.
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Some water mocassins can actually be that color
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Look at the eyes... im 99% sure its just a water snake.. if the eyes are round then its non venomous.. if theyre slanted, its bad juju.... diamondback water snakes can flatten their head when cornered and make it a diamond shape, which gives a false positive on being venomous. the eyes will tell you with certainty
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Yep. Common water snake.
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make it a dead snake!
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I'd rather non venomous snakes than rats. Snakes are good for rodent control. Need plenty of them though.
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   JB
You can't go by the shape of the head. A lot of snakes will flatten their head and body as a defense mechanism.
It's def not a cottonmouth, look how the tail gradually comes to a point instead of being stumped, hence the other name for cottonmouth, stump-tail.
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common ol' water snake in the only defenseive posture it knows, flattens out to make itself look bigger.
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   slickhead
100% Diamond-backed watersnake (Nerodia rhombifer)
Non-venomous but will bite you, especially if you catch him and throw it in a bucket and poke it!
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   Ricky Pon
Obviously it has been stated 37x's it is a water snake. It is a Banded Water Snake. Completely harmless.
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   slickhead
Its not a banded watersnake its 100% diamond-backed watersnake, nothing more, nothing less

/discussion
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a new wallet or beer coozie if you skin it right.
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   lsuguy44
it looks like a water snake. but snakes can flatten, and blow up their venom gland, which can change the shape of the head, so just be careful with all snakes. that's what is do. I kill everyone is see
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Pretty sure it's called a western water snake. Imitates a diamond back, is non poisenous, king snake but don't take my word for it. had one in my yard so I looked it up
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   rbay225
LDWF has an app that includes snake identification for Louisiana. It gives side profile illustrations of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, a description of each and sometimes areas where they are/are not found. I'm sure it doesn't cover everything but has helped me with some identifications in the past.
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Diamond Back Water snake just like slick said. If you want to you can tel a poisonous snake from a non poisonous by their pupils. if there cat like there poisonous if they are round they are non poisonous unless its a coral snake and theirs are round also, of course that's if u want to get that close to look. Also FYI there are only 7 poisonous species in Louisiana so your chances are greater for non poisonous snakes
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i figured it was a rat snake, i catch them in my chicken coop all the time stealing my eggs.
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I think its a diamond back water snake as well, I catch them all the time in my crawfish traps. The easiest way to tell if its poison or not is to look at the eyes. A / or triangular eye is poisionus, a 0 or round eye is not. (This is for louisiana)

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/serpentes/diamond-backed-water-snake
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definately 100% a diamond back water snake.. no worries
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