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Why aren't native predators in Australia able to handle the mice problem?

The mice aren't invading Australia, they are invading the wheat producing zones, where the tractors are leveling the land and putting on pesticides. The local frog, amphibian and snake populations ...
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Indian Snake Species Identification

Ashok's Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis ashoki). This is a relatively small snake (typically 70 cm in length) that feeds on lizards, frogs and small rodents. More information can be found here or here. ...
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Species Identification: Snake, New Mexico

It's difficult because the image quality is low, but there are some key features that can be made out which suggest it to be a Western Coachwhip, or "Whip snake", Masticophis flagellum testaceus. ...
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Snake with orange spots found in South Florida

Looks very much like a red rat snake (Pantherophis guttatus). Nonvenomous, and wonderful.
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What species of snake found in central Alabama, US?

Definitely looks like some species of rat snake (genus Pantherophis). Based on the size, location and coloration, I'd say it's a dark variant of a Gray rat snake (Pantherophis spiloides). It might ...
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What kind of snake is this?

Great find! I'm pretty certain that is actually a Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster - likely the subspecies L. c. calligaster). The biggest indicator to me are the two alternating rows of ...
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What snake is this? Is it venomous?

Looks like an eastern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix). It is one of 6 venomous snakes in Arkansas (of a total ~39 AR species; see University of Arkansas). See Herps of Arkansas for a nice range ...
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What species of snake in India "drinks breaths" according to local customs?

This Times of India article mentions the name "peevna" in relation to the "saw-scaled viper". According to Wikipedia, the genus Echis contains 12 species that are commonly referred ...
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Can you identify this snake?

Hard to tell without a clearer picture, but the size and color pattern seem to match the description for the Plain-bellied Watersnake. See for example the following picture from the Virginia ...
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If a venomous snake somehow gets it's own venom in its body, will it be affected by it?

An excellent question. This fun mental floss article addresses that question, but from the perspective of one snake biting another snake: Snake on snake violence “The conventional wisdom is that ...
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What is this snake?

Could be a Temple Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri). Hard to tell from the picture, but the head looks spaded like a Temple Viper's and I think they come in the green morph you show
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Minor differences in morphology of a snake: Why designate it a different species?

Short explanation According to the papers I could find, Dendrelaphis ashoki and D. girii aren't as closely related as you suggest: D. ashoki appears to be closely related to D. pictus, a Southeast ...
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Help ID snake near Deming NM

Though a full body image would help a lot, I feel certain that it is the desert king snake scientifically known as Lampropeltis getula splendida. This species is seen in most parts of New Mexico and ...
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Can you explain the behavior of this snake?

You're right, snakes rely on scent to capture their prey. The fact that snakes are carnivores may be the one constant among all snake species; absolutely none feed even partially on plant matter. So ...
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Can anyone tell me what type of snake this is?

I believe this is a Barred Grass Snake, Natrix helvetica. There are only a few snakes naturally found in the UK, and the Grass Snake matches the size, color, and pattern (bars on the sides but not on ...
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Could a large constrictor kill a small animal?

Constrictors doesn't have uniform body circumference from head to tail. They coil around the prey accordingly. In your example, if the prey is very small, it just swallows. If its little big, it coils ...
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What is the name of this snake?

My answer's coming late but thought it's worth checking out the comment made by Anutapa bhattaharya that it was a wolf snake. I realise he only said it with no references or photos but still, since ...
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what snake is that in northern italy

It looks like a whip snake, either a Balkan whip snake or a green whip snake. They are both present in the very north of Italy, close to Slovenia. They both vary in color, but the coloration of this ...
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Help identifying snake? (Southern California)

Almost certainly the Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis, which is probably the most common rattlesnake in California. It has the characteristic fat body and stripes of a Rattlesnake. Western ...
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Recognition of snake (image)

Aesculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus). Common european species, non venomous, rodent/egg eater. edit1: they can swim and can be found next to water bodies but are terrestrial.
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Does anybody know what kind of snake is this?

This is Orthriophis taeniurus ridleyi, a synonym is Elaphe taeniura. It has a few common names,some are Ridley's beauty snake,Cave beauty and Cave racer. https://www.biolib.cz/en/taxon/id310150/ ...
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What snake is this?

It looks like a Balkan Whip Snake (Hierophis gemonensis (syn. Coluber gemonensis)): More images: Reptiles of Crete Reptile Database Balcanica.info Wikipedia image According to iNaturalist.org: ...
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Differentiating Antaresia (Children's Complex) Pythons using something other than color pattern

I finally got frustrated enough to dig up A Revision of the Liasis childreni species-group (Serpentes: Boidae) L.A. Smith, 1985 - the original paper that split up this species complex, and when even ...
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What species of snake in India "drinks breaths" according to local customs?

This is a misbelief and the possible answer is the "Krait" and its subspecies. Here is a blog post by a scientist in the Tata institute of fundamental research. The blog contains data ...
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What Snake is this? (Found at my door in Raebareli, North India)

It is the venomous Common Krait (Bungarus caeruleus), one of the Big Four Indian Snakes, responsible for the highest number of snake bites in India.
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What species of snake is this? It was sighted in NE New Mexico, Union County

This looks like a western hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus). Source: Wikipedia Notice the OP's yellowish ground color with darker circles and elongated dark elliptic shapes on the head. this ...
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Is Eastern diamondback rattlesnake swimming an example of adaptation?

All snakes can swim. The ability likely was derived from their lizard-like ancestors. In his book, "How Snakes Work", Harvey Lillywhite (2014) mentions that "all snakes can swim, some ...
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Can a snake deposit venom while drinking?

Physiologically, venom glands wouldn't normally leak but could be affected by health conditions/age (similar to tissue deterioration seen in older people) but dried venom on the teeth or mouth could ...
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