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Old 08-01-2005, 02:45 PM   #11
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lol I had one Ray that was the complete opposite. Depends on the snake. Some are more ornery than others.
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I would imagine trapping any wild animal will provoke a defensive reaction.
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Well I looked at www.texassnakes.net and it appears to be a buttermilk racer (never heard of it) which is non venomous so looks like he/she can hang around as long as it wants, really a cool looking snake.
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Your snake isn't a racer. Since you are in texas, I'd be more inclined to think it is the broad banded water snake.

http://www.texassnakes.net/BroadBanded.htm
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Banded/northern water snake....harmless, but not at all friendly....probably looking for a fish dinner.
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All snakes are gross.
Just my two cents..lol
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All snakes are gross.
Just my two cents..lol
Hardly....but the um....fecal matter...left behind by a watersnake sure is....I bred a few about 10 years ago, and I still have nightmares about cleaning up after them.
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Since you're in the Houston area I'd definitely say Nerodia fasciata confluens, the Broad Banded Water Snake. These are frequently mistaken for Copperheads and/or Cottonmouths (both poisonous). Like almost all Nerodia species, the Broad Banded is generally quick to bite and often liberally spreads the contents of its cloaca over anybody who is trying to handle it.

Most individuals are obnoxious but definitely non-poisonous. The one you found is a particularly pretty one.

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