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Culpeper Times • April 28-May 4, 2016 ➤ Snakes, from Page 10 when I want to be sure of an amphibian or reptile ID, I headed online to the Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) (virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com) when I got home. The site has some good snakeidentification tools, which confirmed that the snake was indeed the northern watersnake. I highly recommend learning about our local snakes, especially the two venomous ones in our area, to avoid interactions that can be dangerous on both sides. And knowing more about these ancient reptiles also helps in appreciating the vital role they play in our local ecosystems. © 2016 Pam Owen

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Resources for identifying Virginia’s snakes Reference books: “The Reptiles of Virginia,” by Joe Mitchell (includes a key on which the VHS key is based) “Snakes of Virginia,” by Donald W. Linzey and Michael J. Clifford “A Guide to Snakes of Virginia,” Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, available from VDGIF’s shopping website, shopdgif. com

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April 28th, 2016 -- Culpeper Times  

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