Honestly I thought it was a stick until the, very upset at seeing it, dog dragged me over closer to it. Even when it was evident that it was harmless the dog was still all worked up and kept between me and the skin.
I'm proud of the dog though, and the kids are going nuts not knowing what kind of a snake left the skin.
ETA: Oh, are there any special things we should do like not touch it or always wash hands after handling the skin or what? As far as I thought I knew a snake skin was pretty safe to handle. Dh on the other hand things that it's up there with hazardous waste.
Blessed partner to a great guy, and mama to 4 amazing kids. Unfortunate target of an irrationally angry IRL stalker.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha
There is a neat color pattern (really faint but there) in the skin so I have that to go by as well. I just can't believe that my state hasn't put up a way to identify critters online. They don't even have a full list on line of the differant kinds of snakes in the state.
I just told Dh that it was a skin from a garden snake since we are in a *kind* of urban area. (think old military base in a smaller town surrounded by god knows how many mile of farms before you could think about hitting the next real city.)
The skin doesn't have the head but from the looks of it the snake in question was about three feet long give or take.
I will check out the site that was linked by a PP, thank you for that.