prairie kingsnakeprairie kingsnake is fairly common throughout the state. It lives in prairies and open woods, as well as rocky, wooded hillsides. Kingsnakes kill their prey by constriction. Young or newly hatched prairie kingsnakes often are confused with the venomous copperhead.

What snake is mistaken for a copperhead?

Eastern Ratsnake (A.K.A. Blackrat Snake) The most common snake misidentified as a copperhead is the harmless juvenile Eastern Ratsnake (formerly called the blackrat snake). The Eastern Ratsnake starts life with a strong pattern of gray or brown blotches on a pale gray background.

Do any other snakes look like copperheads?

At first glance, common watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon) look like they have a similar pattern to copperheads, but look closer. The Hershey Kisses are upside down. These shapes look more like saddles. As you might expect from their name, watersnakes spend a lot of their time in the water; copperheads rarely do.

How do you tell the difference between a watersnake and a copperhead?

First, you can look at the shape of their heads. Copperheads, along with most venomous snakes, have a triangle shaped head. While the water snakes in North Georgia have a head that is in line with their body and more narrow, straight and slightly rounded. Although the brown water snake is an exception to this rule.

How can you tell a rat snake from a copperhead?

A copperhead snake has a light tan or brownish body with dark or black hourglass figures on them and grows 2 to 3 feet long. Black rat snakes have shiny black scales on their backs, a lighter underside and white throats and chins. Adult rat snakes grow from 3 1/2 feet to 7 feet long.

What is a corn snake look like?

Corn snakes, sometimes called red rat snakes, are slender, orange or brownish-yellow snakes with a pattern of large, red blotches outlined in black down their backs. Along their bellies are distinctive rows of alternating black and white marks, which resemble a checkerboard pattern.

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