endstream ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. x�+� � | <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream I see such snakes all the time in the smaller lakes sprinkled across Wisconsin. 40 0 obj 62 0 obj endstream 88 0 obj x�+� � | endobj But we are lucky to have a few of our most impressive species, such as the Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor … �b� 22 0 obj endobj ͐,.�. x�s Color is a common name applied to many of the species as well as the Black Racer. Distinctive white coloring inside the mouth. Non-venomous. 74 0 obj x�s %PDF-1.4 endobj ͐,.�. 38 0 obj endobj endstream x�s endobj They range from 19 to 27.3 cm at birth. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. In residential areas, they are basically only passing through. �b� While Michigan documents them in most of the Lower Peninsula counties, their population levels widely differ according to county. endobj endstream 80 0 obj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream x�s �7Z endstream �7Z 68 0 obj endstream ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. endstream <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream endobj Michigan's only venomous snake is a rare sight for most state residents. endstream endobj endstream �7Z �7Z ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. See more ideas about snake, reptiles, reptile snakes. Some species of water snake are found in the Midwest and Western United States as well, in places like Illinois, Iowa and California. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream The belly is white with reddish half moon shaped markings; some specimens have an orange belly speckled with brown or black. �b� x�s x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����il�����]�"� � g Remember that this rattle snake will only bite you if it feels threatened, so if you do come across one, keep your distance as it’s not there to cause harm. <>stream 34 0 obj 14 0 obj ͐,.�. Water snakes are abundant in the southern and eastern United States, according to watersnake.net. <>stream endobj They live in multiple habitat in the southern one-third of the state. �b� endobj endobj �b� x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����ib�����]�"� �� e Ribbon snakes refers to a group of snakes in the genus Thamnophis, differentiated by the presence of longer tails and a light patch in front of the eye. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. endstream 126 0 obj x�s �7Z <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream endstream ͐,.�. endobj 28 0 obj x�s ͐,.�. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. endobj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream endobj x�s <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream Copper-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta) This snake is extremely rare in Michigan. 3 0 obj <>stream <>stream 73 0 obj endobj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����ih�����]�"� �� c �b� endobj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. <>stream <>stream The eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) is a unique and fascinating part of Michigan's natural heritage. endstream In fact eleven different subspecies inhabit almost every state in the lower 48 states. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream 17 0 obj ͐,.�. 6 0 obj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. c ��= \�� @ �7Z x�s <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream x�s ͐,.�. 12 0 obj endstream endobj ͐,.�. x�3�34R0 A#9������ ,�` <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream endobj endstream They are listed as threatened in Michigan. 64 0 obj endobj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����ih�����]�"� � g x�s ͐,.�. endstream According to the University of Michigan’s Animal Diversity Web (ADW), the northern water snake is happy to be near any type of significant water source, such as rivers, lakes, ponds and marshes, although they prefer more quiet, relaxed, waters. 54 0 obj x�+� � | It is Michigan's only venomous snake, and one of only two rattlesnake species that occur in the Great Lakes region. <>stream ͐,.�. x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����i�����U�"� � x�s endstream a red-bellied water snake in southern Michigan has been known for many years, but its relation to the common water snake, Natrizrfasciata sipedon (L.), has never been satisfactorily deter- mined. endstream ͐,.�. ͐,.�. Juveniles are brightly colored and banded and eventually darken as they age. endstream <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream �b� endstream �b� The Michigan DNR’s 60-Second Snakes video series talks about identification tips and information about Michigan’s snake species. endstream 21 0 obj ͐,.�. Soon after, he determined the snake was an Eastern massasauga rattlesnake – Michigan’s only venomous snake and rattlesnake, according to … 59 0 obj 55 0 obj The inhabit the wetlands areas around the Great Lakes, and are recognized as very good swimmers. <>stream endobj x�+� � | <>stream <>stream endobj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream �b� endobj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. ͐,.�. 1 0 obj 13 0 obj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. endobj The common name Fox refers to their odor. endobj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream x�s x�s <>stream �7Z <>stream �7Z x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����ib�����]�"� �� a <>stream One of Michigan's rarest snakes, the copperbelly water snake is a species that is seldom seen by residents of the Wolverine state. <>stream 93 0 obj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. <>stream Kirtland's Snake is protected by Michigan law. x�+� � | endobj <>stream <>stream endobj 94 0 obj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream ͐,.�. endobj 78 0 obj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. x�+� � | <>stream 11 0 obj x�s 75 0 obj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream �7Z ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. x�s <>stream It is a small- to medium-sized snake, with adult lengths averaging 2 to 3 feet. ͐,.�. 82 0 obj x�+� � | ͐,.�. endstream x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����id�����]�"� �� Y ͐,.�. 85 0 obj The Northern Water Snake is NOT VENOMOUS. x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����id�����]�"� �� a endstream Residents can note bold stripes along the body. ͐,.�. endobj endobj x�s ͐,.�. �7Z x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����il�����]�"� �W _ endstream While mostly found in the Lower Peninsula, they also have small populations in the Upper Peninsula. 31 0 obj Answer (1 of 6): OakleyOriginalsThe state of Michigan is certainly not renowned for having a large number of snakes, but there are a number of different species that can be found there. endobj Adults reach 3-5 feet in length and feature a dark head and body with a bright yellow-orange or reddish-orange belly which easily sets it apart from any of our other snake species. �~B݁��=����N�J̪�wc�}�(d�n��h{�E��`m��LZ�D�ٚ� ��5����k� 27 0 obj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream Common names for N. sipedon include banded water snake, black water adder, black water snake, brown water snake, common water snake, common northern water snake, eastern water snake, North American water snake, northern banded water snake, northern water snake, spotted water snake, streaked snake, water pilot, and water snake. The smooth green snake, another once-common species, is in decline because of vulnerability to pesticides and herbicides. �7Z endobj In areas where their tails come up against brush, it could sound like a rattlesnake. �7Z 66 0 obj endobj ͐,.�. x�+� � | endstream x�s <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 41>>stream They’re harmless to humans, and these might be the biggest snake you can find in any Michigan lake. They feed on small reptiles and insect larvae and tadpoles. �b� endstream endobj endobj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. endstream ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. �7Z x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����i�����U�"� ��� endstream Local Snakes. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. ͐,.�. x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����id�����]�"� �; i H9�B�ζs�4RI�K�����_��*Mp��n7�s��$a7���,_�����}k����;��Rt�����%�Ќo��k[ �›G�<2Y%�M;v\��88��oZF��(Ў¡��0�]5����. Like other rat snakes, they grow to be very large, over six feet in length. The eastern massasauga is primarily associated with wetland habitats but some populations also utilize adjacent upland habitats for parts of its life history. Common names. endstream endobj endstream endobj ͐,.�. Post-snake, my husband and I explore Lake Michigan’s shoreline further. x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����ih�����]�"� �� W endstream ͐,.�. endobj endstream 86 0 obj �b� �7Z It is found along the southern most areas of the state. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream x�+� � | endstream 9 0 obj endstream endstream 70 0 obj 32 0 obj <>stream endobj endstream ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. endobj x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����id�����]�"� �� e 8 0 obj ͐,.�. x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����ih�����]�"� �� [ <>stream <>stream The Northern Water Snake can be found in a variety of colors, but the majority will have bands of brown, black and dark green, although they can also have a sandy or reddish color on the body. Its population is so low that it is listed as an "endangered" species in Michigan. <>stream x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����il�����]�"� �k k As a result of an encounter, many homeowners inquire into snake control measures when they see these large snakes. 33 0 obj It was with the hope of throwing some light upon the solution of this problem that the work was undertaken, the results of which are embodied in this paper. First and foremost, most large rat snakes are as afraid of people as people are afraid of them. ͐,.�. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. 57 0 obj ͐,.�. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. �b� ͐,.�. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream x�s �7Z <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream 76 0 obj The other nine are snakes: the northern water, eastern garter, northern red-bellied, smooth green, blue racer, western fox, eastern milk, northern ring-necked and eastern hog-nosed. �7Z x�+� � | ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. endstream endstream endstream ��%��:���=��5lw6�ߘ`��̧}�6|}ż"�'R/��]^������U²i!K� \���|xu~�s�=���?��W,V ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. As mentioned in our list, the massasauga rattlesnake is Michigans only poisonous snake, so you can relax now by knowing that Michigan isn’t filled with hundreds of venomous snakes. x�+� � | ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream <>stream ͐,.�. 56 0 obj endstream endobj During the late spring, these snakes move from their winter hibernation sites, such as crayfish chimneys and other small mammal burrows in swamps and marshlands, to hunt on the drier upland sites - likely in search of … Depending on the source, Michigan snakes consist of nineteen species. endobj They varies in color with some populations having light gray and others having dark gray bodies. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream endobj Formerly common, the blue racer—a big snake with smooth gray or blue scales—has declined significantly. 79 0 obj endstream 18 0 obj ͐,.�. The common name gray is really a very generic gray. �b� x�s The Water Snakes of Southern Michigan... | Clark, Hubert Lyman | ISBN: 9781277608885 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. endstream <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream endobj <>stream endobj endobj endobj x�s �7Z Both Michigan snake species are protected by Michigan law. �b� �b� <>stream Where you'll find them: The black rat snake is found in the southern lower peninsula, typically living in or near woodlands, often near water Status : … ͐,.�. 42 0 obj endstream ͐,.�. endobj x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����i�����U�"� �`� Considered a threatened species by the US government, and an endangered species in Michigan: Nerodia sipedon: Northern water snake: Adults are 2 to 4 feet (0.61 to 1.22 m) in length and colored light brown or gray with dark bands or splotches. endstream The Northern Water Snake is often miss-identified as a venomous "Water Moccasin". Due to its decreasing numbers, the Black Rat Snake is protected by Michigan law. endobj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream <>stream endstream 77 0 obj endobj Due in large part to the milder climate of the Lower Peninsula, Michigan snakes rank among the most diverse group of snakes for all the northern border states. 69 0 obj endobj endstream The Water Snakes of Southern Michigan (1903) | Clark, Hubert Lyman | ISBN: 9781162232669 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream 4 0 obj x�s x�+� � | 58 0 obj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. 19 0 obj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. 51 0 obj <>stream It’s also reassuring to know that these snakes won’t harm you. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream Two Fox Snake species inhabit Michigan, each with different habitat preferences. endobj ͐,.�. <>stream 45 0 obj There is never a sufficient amount of rodents or other food sources for them. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream �7Z endobj The have a pale or light color body covered with bold dark patches. ͐,.�. 65 0 obj 30 0 obj x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����ih�����]�"� �S _ endstream 44 0 obj endobj ͐,.�. 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Its population is so low that it is listed as an "endangered" species in Michigan. x�s endobj <>stream <>stream <>stream <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream endstream <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream endstream Pantherophis obsoletus: Black rat snake x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����id�����]�"� �' ] ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. x�s @|}������xu�Pf��fy�^��,�X|Y�e x�+� � | 91 0 obj x�s ͐,.�. 63 0 obj 90 0 obj endstream �b� Nontechnical, contains illustrations and key to identifying snakes, as well as sections on biology of snakes, snakes and people, … �b� <>stream endstream endstream x�s ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. endobj In terms of size, because adults can grow so large, they become a very imposing snake for the average person to cross paths with. endstream ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����i�����U�"� �n <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream The green button leads to pages providing additional snake pictures and information. <>stream endobj endstream 81 0 obj 89 0 obj x�s x�s 47 0 obj 20 0 obj 43 0 obj (The endangered Copper Bellied Water Snake … endstream ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. endstream endstream endobj x�s Water moccasins can be up to 6 ft (2 m) long and have:. 61 0 obj Because it is so far north, Michigan is not rich in snake species. ͐,.�. ͐,.�. endobj endobj Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) are Michigan’s only venomous snakes. x�+� � | It may not be captured or killed. endobj endstream The common snake names such as racers, coachwhips and whipsnakes often get categorized under the genus Coluber. x�s 16 0 obj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. endstream endobj endobj ?��j�|�q#�������^����˳�����_��^�-��˛~��7�ry�Y^�i��e��w�7˟n����;���I� |�K��>, 92 0 obj endobj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. endstream x�s endstream <>stream endobj endobj The Michigan Department of Natural Resources page on the Northern Water Snake says: Description: A water snake with dark bands or blotches on a light brown or gray background color. Copper-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta) This snake is extremely rare in Michigan. <>stream 120 0 obj Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) is the general name for one of the most widespread of all the snakes native to the United States. endobj 50 0 obj There are several lookalike snakes in Michigan, including the Eastern Milk Snake, the Eastern Fox Snake, the Eastern Hog Nose Snake and the Northern Water Snake. Garter snakes. x�s endstream endobj endstream endstream <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) With the weather getting warmer, one of Michigan’s most venomous snakes is coming out of hiding. They are one of the most frequently encountered snakes in places like Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. endobj The cottonmouth, also called a water moccasin, is a poisonous (venomous) snake found in southeastern and south central North America.They leave one, two, or three puncture marks on the skin, but you won't always see any marks. endstream �7Z <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream Their bodies also have a pattern. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream endstream endstream endstream ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. endobj endobj �b� ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream endobj endobj endstream 29 0 obj 25 0 obj xڝ��n�F���)���}`��dYYkc�YN��o�� �r̃d�鷪�{���A�! x�+� � | endstream <>stream endstream The Michigan DNR took care of these snakes and categorized them as special concern. �b� endstream They are the most common snake in Michigan, which is home to 17 species found slithering across yards and along park paths as warm weather moves in.. They’re harmless, right? endstream 37 0 obj April 2, 2012 - Author: J. Alan Holman Field guide to Michigan's 18 species of snakes, including the state's only venomous snake — Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. �7Z x�+� � | 24 0 obj ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#3C3��\. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream endstream endstream I am unable to shake our discovery, surprised—stupidly, I quickly decide—to have stumbled upon a northern water snake in a Great Lake. 10 0 obj x�+� � | �7Z They are an extremely rare species with a very low population and are listed as an "endangered species" in Michigan and "nationally threatened species" with the US Fish and Wildlife Services. Plain-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster) also go by the name Copper-bellied Watersnake. They’re non-venomous. x�s endobj 23 0 obj endstream endobj <>stream endobj Copper-Bellied Water Snake is one of the bigger snakes reaching an adult length of up to 1.5 meters. endobj Eastern Ribbon Snakes (Thamnophis sauritus) share those same physical features. endstream 84 0 obj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream endobj x�+� � | The copper-bellied water snake, a large brown or black snake with a reddish-copper belly, is extremely rare in the state. x�s Here’s a quick overview of the nonvenomous Michigan snakes. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream endstream <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream Michigan lists the Butler’s Gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri) as a species of Special Concern. endobj <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream Both species rapidly vibrate their tail when they sense danger. 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They enjoy basking in the sun so seek areas that are not overly shaded. x�s <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 44>>stream Most if not all species tend to be comparatively thin and very fast movers. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream x�s ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. endobj 67 0 obj <>stream Western fox snakes prefer the drier areas around forests, prairies and pastures. x�+� � | endstream Michigan lists them as endangered with only a few populations recorded along the southern border. �b� �7Z x�s endstream endstream ͐,.�. 49 0 obj x�+� � | 36 0 obj ͐,.�. endobj ͐,.�. endobj 83 0 obj endstream endstream <>stream endobj ͐,.�. ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream ��w3T�PI�2T0 BC#33��\. x�s 87 0 obj endobj �b� ͐,.�. �b� Aug 2, 2016 - Explore Dena Anderson's board "MICHIGAN SNAKES" on Pinterest. x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����i�����U�"� �� endobj x�s %���� There are seventeen species in the state, only one of which is venomous (Eastern Massasauga). �7Z x�s According to … 35 0 obj 15 0 obj Some old adults may appear solid black or brown. endstream x�s <>>>/BBox[0 0 372 612]/Length 43>>stream x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����il�����]�"� �� [ x�S�*�*T0T0 B�����ib�����]�"� �+ ] <>stream endobj x�+� � | endstream endstream endobj Their species are common throughout the United States and share some physical and behavorial traits. 39 0 obj Other Physical Features; heterothermic; Sexual Dimorphism; female larger ; Range length 61 to 140 cm 24.02 to 55.12 in; Where do they live? x�s �b� <>stream Red bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata). 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