what snake is this?

Asked April 12, 2015, 5:03 PM EDT

we saw this snake basking in the sun on a rock amongst flotsam in a Lake St. Clair marina entrance....Belle River Marina in Belle River, Ontario....which is the southern end of the lake. I did a bit of research, but I'm still not sure what snake it is. I've seen fox snakes and rat snakes many times along this shore.

Outside United States reptiles snakes wildlife identification

2 Responses

I am not positive, because I cannot see belly coloring, and the pictures of the head aren't very clear, but my best guess is an Eastern Milk Snake. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12201-61211--,00.html

You can check out other Michigan snakes for comparison from the Michigan DNR at http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12201-61219--,00.html

Hi Darren, thank you for your time and research. We live in the very south of southwestern ON next to Lake St. Clair. I have since been told that the snake we saw, is a northern water snake, very common in this area. Not an eastern milk snake as you might have thought.
Thank you again.