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If you can get a close look at your snake you may be able to decide which of these three species it is. Be careful, though! These snakes are not poisonous but they will bite, and the bite could become infected.

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    Body color plain black both above and below. black above and below <image courtesy of Dr. Martin J. Rosenberg>

    Body color below lighter than that of upper surface. lower surface lighter

    Body color shiny black with faint chainlike pattern made up of small white or yellowish spots. body color shiny
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