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    Default What type of snake ended up in my pump?

    Found this in our pool pump.. was curious as to what type of snake it was. (SoCal)








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    Poor critter! Clearly he wasn't a Plumber's Snake!
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    EEWWWWW! Will make me look carefully before I open my pump basket!

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    Default Re: What type of snake ended up in my pump?

    I have little kiddies.. imagine if they had saw that swimming amongst them when it decided to drop in. lol.

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    Looks like a "racer". Google "snake identification in California" and you will find site that will walk you through the identification process. Depends on where you are. As long as it doesn't have a rattle . . . We killed every snake we encountered until we figured out which ones were dangerous and which were beneficial.
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    King snakes aren't venomous, and eat other snakes ( including venomous ones), as well as rats and other vermin.
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    Default Re: What type of snake ended up in my pump?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlD View Post
    King snakes aren't venomous, and eat other snakes ( including venomous ones), as well as rats and other vermin.
    I was also thinking a King snake. I'm more familiar with the local species here in VA. I can tell you that one is non-venomous. All venomous species in the US have triangular heads except for the coral snake, which looks very different from that one. Also, I don't think coral snakes are native to CA.

    Edit: took a quick look online, not a King snake. Looks like a racer as mentioned in the earlier post or a juvenile rat snake.
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    Hey, Jim. Hijacking here. No need to be specific, but in what part of VA do you live? I am SO a fan of VA!
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    I didn't mean to imply it was a king snake, only that king snakes are beneficial, not pests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FormerBromineUser View Post
    Hey, Jim. Hijacking here. No need to be specific, but in what part of VA do you live? I am SO a fan of VA!
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