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What kind of snake was this?

Asked by ChocolateReigns (5619points) August 20th, 2010

It was about 1½ to 2 ft long.
Black with 2 yellow stripes running the length of it’s body.
I saw it this afternoon.
It was near our very sandy driveway.
This is in mid-eastern MN.
We have swampy land in our back yard.
Apparently snakes like this have been seen a couple times this summer by my family (my dad and sister).

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Was it like this? If so, it is an Eastern Garter Snake.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Without a picture it’s hard to tell. My first guess would be a garter snake.

@Pied_Pfeffer Jinx!

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer No. It’s body was about the circumference of a dime. I probably should’ve mentioned that. And it was jet-black, not greenish-blackish-whateverish…

ChocolateReigns's avatar

Wait a second…Could it have been a baby?

MissAusten's avatar

Looking at this list of snakes in Minnesota, I’d have to say you probably saw an Eastern garter snake. Scroll down the page a bit, and you can see that it is black with yellow stripes. It’s the only one that really fits your description. They aren’t “thick” snakes and are pretty much harmless. I say “pretty much” because they do have little teeth and can bite if you grab them, but they aren’t venomous and the bite they deliver won’t cause much more than a scratch. Yes, I know this from experience!

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