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RE: Stray snake in Seattle

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Posted by: DMong at Sat Nov 16 20:25:08 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by DMong ]  
   

The "hooding" sounds like possibly a harmless escaped Hognose Snake (Genus Heterodon) that belonged to someone. Impossible to say without seeing a photo though. These snakes can be EXTREMELY variable in coloration and/or pattern. Other snakes such as the native Pacific Gophers can inflate their necks laterally and flatten their heads, but not really wide horizontally like the Hognose Snake can.

However, without knowing what it actually is, I'd recommend due caution. Here is an example of an Eastern Hognose doing their typical defensive posture hood flaring.

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