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Can you tell me what state you live in? This will make it easier to try and identify the snake you had seen. Joan
Yes, I live in NW Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. I also live on a mountain with lots of rocks and 15 heavily wooded acres, if that helps...
Does this look like the snake?
Is this more like this?
Here is another as there are so many species that are similiar, and the patterns can vary from juvenile to adult:
Lets try this one:
I suspect that this is a juvenile black Racer as they do live in the area. As a juvenile it would be ready to shed and does have some patterning on the back. They are non vemomous, but can be very obnoxious is challanged. I could not find a good picture for you. All the other snakes you said no to were all from the region. The one diamond back was an eastern diamond back rattler which is venomous. That ws the first picture. Joan
Just a couple more questions... Is it true that if there's one, there are others nearby? Also, is there any dependable way to keep snakes out of the yard? I understand the product "Snake Away" is not very effective.
Thank you for all your help
Snakes are solitary and do not travel in groups. They are hunting prey, which can be other snakes, rodents, toads, lizards, etc. As far as keeping them away, what I suggest is clearing the perimeter of all shrubs and not leave wood piles or hiding places where they can get a meal. If you eliminate the food source and hiding places, they should not hang around. There is no guaranteed product that keeps snakes away. A Mongoose is not legal in the US to be kept as a pet. Joan