I tried looking up snakes online, and this is what I think it is--Northern Water Snake (Nerodia Sipedon). It has a very cool diamond-like pattern and is about four feet long. It stared at us for a while and then slithered into the garden. NEW NOTE: My friend Linda's son is a herpetologist and says this is a black rat snake (Pantherophis obsoletus). Check out his website Diamondback Trading Cards. See a very good youtube video of this snake--Brandon's Herp Adventures. Thanks, Linda!
information and photos by Jim Braswell
some good photos and chat from Texas folks
Animal Diversity Web website
snake identification chart by state--click on links from here
Ohio's reptiles ODNR Division of Wildlife
If you know what this snake is, please let me know.
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