Topic: Brown snake vs copperhead
My dogs have killed this type of snake on a couple of occasions. I killed this one recently (sorry - we have a copperhead problem and it's baby season) because I wasn't sure what it was. Thanks to your site, I believe I've identified it as a harmless brown snake and won't kill others in the future. Is it a brown snake? This one was smaller than most but same markings. Grey in color with darker markings down both sides of it's back and a cream colored belly. They are usually found in flower beds. Sorry, didn't get a photo until it was several days old and dried up.
As to the copperheads ... we've had too many and are removing the koi pond installed three summers ago. There have been too many in a high traffic area and are too difficult to see to take any chances. One dog has already been bitten and I don't want one of us to be next. They will be having babies soon and I don't want to confuse another snake for a copperhead. Is it true that the babies will have a green or yellow tip on their tail? Is it obvious?