Could you identify the picture of the snake attached. This is obviously a...

Asked May 10, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

Could you identify the picture of the snake attached. This is obviously a young snake but not what I would consider a baby about 8 inches long. When I first approached the snake it tried to strike my clipboard and later my flashlight.

Howard County Maryland wildlife snakes snake identification northern water snake

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The snake in your photograph is an immature, non-venomous Northern Water Snake. , but it can be aggressive. Even though it may strike at you, it is not likely to actually bite you. The aggressive action is usually adequate to fend off potential threats. The triangular shape of the head is normal. As this snake matures, it may become more brown in color.
LS