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Snake Identification please

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Sportsmen,

Need you help positively identifying a snake please.

This was in my daughters room this morning under a pillow on the floor - not sure she will ever sleep in that room again!

I think its a green water snake but not sure - It's about 3/4 of an inch in diameter and maybe 30 inches long tops. Kind of a greenish blue top on the thick parts down to a light brown on the thin tail - narrow head. Got a whitish yellow bottom to it. Very docile snake - wanted nothing to do with me or her.

I tried to explain to her it could have gotten in any number of ways - (we recently moved) and that it could have been in a box or come in through an open door - could have been there a while as they can go long periods without food but none of that helped.

I appreciate you taking the time to help me positively identify it.
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Snake
Looks like a black racer. Water snakes are a bit heavier bodied and have keeled scales. That one looks smooth.
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?
I thought it might have been a blue racer but the belly was all whitish yellow - I thought blue and black racers had black bellies....
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Snake
I could be wrong. Yellow bellied and green water snakes live in my area but they're fairly thick bodied snakes with keeled scales and there's a yellow bellied racer that just comes into sw La. Depends on where you live. Black racers can vary a bit in color shades but should have a dark or gray belly. I could tell better if I could see the head. If it still has one. Ha!
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snake?
not sure, need to see head no matter, doesn't look poisoness thank goodness!! hope daughter is ok and will get over it soon! it is some scary especially for a child!!! to be honest, i'm man enuf to admit, it would have scared the heck out of me too, guarantee,!!!!
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Updated Photo
Put a new pic where you can see the head....does this help?
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Snake
Looks like a coachwhip. What part of the state do you live in?
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South Central
I live in the Maurice area -
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Snake
You're out of the coachwhips range, but do have yellow bellied racers there. That would be my verdict.
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snake
I call them a rat snake. They get good size.
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blue racer
can tell by the first pic that it's a blue racer. i live just north of you i scott see them all the time in the spring. hate to tell you but i've seen a 4'footer go right into the weep holes in my brick wall. they like to spend the winter in there, just dont tell the wife
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Not to get too technical but...
The belly is the giveaway. Yellow bellied racers can be brown to bluish, but the belly's are yellow. As kids we called all racers, black racers, blue racers, blue runners, etc. True blue racers are in the northern mid west and southern Canada. We have a few different sub-species of racers in La.
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southern black racer. its a racer/runner for sure. i hate snakes, but dont kill it because they eat poisonous snakes
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Black-masked racer
Its a black-masked racer. All the racers we have in Louisiana are Coluber constrictor with different subspecies, this one is Coluber constrictor latrunculus. Seeing more and more of them in the Lafayette area, they are harmless and pretty hard to catch as the name racer implies!

Its one of the prettier racers to me, but the buttermilk racer aka blue runner takes the cake.
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All of the above
There are several sub-species in that area that can and do inter-breed (inter-grades), so it's probably a hybrid. But, who cares, it's a racer.
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just a plain old black-masked racer
Not to be argumentative but its 100% pure black-masked racer (Coluber constrictor latrunculus). They are fairly common in the woods around Lake Martin and the Lafayette area. I have preserved a few and given them to my old herpetology professor at UL Monroe to add to the museum collection.
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No arguement here
You're probably right Slickhead. I've collected a few black-masked out that way myself years ago. And a beautiful buttermilk in Kisatchie. Just saying where they overlap, they inter-grade. He just wanted to know if it was a racer or a water snake.
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racers
I am from north La originally and the blue runners (buttermilk racers) are the racers we saw the most. I have seen only a handful of blue runners down here, one of my favorites. I did catch a tan racer in the Lake Charles area last year which was a first for me. Have yet to see a black racer but don't get over that way enough to see em
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Thank you
Just wanted to say thanks to all of you for your identification. I learned a bit and I appreciate it.
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Snake ID
Sorry if we hijacked your post.
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snake identification please
I have caught many snake species in the past for profit, this snake is non-venomous species commonly known in Louisiana as the Blue Runner. You may goggle it and see the many variations of the snake but generally a blueish black hue, sometimes with a greenish tent when they are young with a white or light yellowish underside. They are generally aggressive but when confronted sometimes will defend themselves and then flee hence the name runner, they feed primarily on small rodents.
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Yeah I agree, kind of.
I've caught and kept most of the non-venomous and venomous Louisiana snakes over the last fifty years. And I can tell you, I've yet to meet a racer or rat snake that wouldn't bite the crap out of you if given the chance, until handled enough to calm them down a bit. Some are more docile than others, but very few are initially, completely non-aggressive.
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you can sell snakes?
How much do you get for snakes?

Again, this is not a blue runner. Blue runners are buttermilk racers (Coluber constrictor anthicus), this is a black-masked racer (Coluber constrictor latrunculus), just a different subspecies of racer. We have at least 4 subspecies (Black-masked, buttermilk, tan, and black racers)The buttermilk and black-masked racers ranges do overlap around Lafayette, I have caught both but the black-masked seem to be more common here.

And yes, they will bite the fool out of you!
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racer/runner
It would be politically incorrect for anyone to say exactly what it really is unless you are a herpatologist pictures are deceiving but there are many sub names I just named a common name that most have heard or identify with. However they are anywhere from blue,brown,black,green etc. The guy said it was greenish so again a racer, most have the sort of black mask and racer is just another preffered identity some like to say runner/means the same.Years ago there was a snake farm in Laplace that bought non-venomus and venomus snakes they could go anywhere from ten to forty dollars per snake more of course for the venomus type and or size. Most are ill tempered and prefer not to be handled.
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Racer
most water snakes and some that are common in sandy areas have what are called 'keeled' scales. they help them on water the same way the longitudinal ridges help on a boat hull. that snake's scales are smooth.
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