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Should I kill it?

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Should I kill this snake or let him go?
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   RedFish_n
Another pic
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It is a broad-banded watersnake. Or WAS a broad-banded watersnake.

Harmless but its up to you
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Red Bellied Water Snake - harmless.
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...test should be given when first 'kindergarten licenses' are issued...w/a additional fee state income can be increased plus our resources would be appreciated more...ugh ???
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   zoey123
What about this one. Any idea what it is?
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Above pic is a corn snake. Popular pets
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   RedFish_n
The snake was released unharmed.
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That's not a water snake. It's a mud snake. they feed on eels and fish and are completely harmless. Why did you kill it?
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It is a broadbanded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata) 100%

Good for not killing it!
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   LA0071
Zoey, you'd need a picture of the head to know for sure. The corn snakes I've seen, and its been a long time, have more yellow in them. This could possibly be a copperhead. They come in many color variations. Google image 'cooperhead.'
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Zooeys snake is a corn snake. In Louisiana we have the Slowinskis corn snake which tends to be less brightly colored than the corn snakes sold at pet stores. Pet stores tend to sell the breeds that are more flashy. Copperheads have a diamond shaped pattern along their sides rather than the square splotches of a corn snake. Rat snakes can have that same splotchy appearance as a corn snake as they are in the same genus. If you turn that corn snake over his belly will have some distinct markings which looks sorta like corn hence the name
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...'ya guy's are giving 'dat poor innocent snake a 'complex'...he gonn'a think he's something 'dat he ain't...live and let live ??? cheers
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doe chaser is right a mud snake, that's what we call it anyway!!
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   slickhead
Not a mud snake. Above poster is right in that but is a broadbanded water snake. Mud snakes do not have any markings on top. They are solid black and shiny overall with a bright red underside with no splotches
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Round eyes and they are harmless. Crescent eyes and they are dangerous. Also, if the body is stocky, stumpy, towards the tail it is usually poisonous. The same holds true for copperheads and cottonmouths. Probably the two most common poisonous snakes in Louisiana; south louisiana anyway.
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...just a unrelated surprize...but a big percentage of snake eggs gets into your yard by way of bagged topsoil from other southern states...cheers
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