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#1 Coz2wonder

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:49 AM

I had a snake in the pool this morning (alive, but cold) that has a black body, with a yellow ring around it neck. The underbelly is gray in color.

Any ideas as to the type of snake this is, and is it passive?

I did check online, as well as with the Yucatan Wildlife manual...nothing exactly matches.

Took pic's but can't upload.
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 11:54 AM

I had a snake in the pool this morning (alive, but cold) that has a black body, with a yellow ring around it neck. The underbelly is gray in color.

Any ideas as to the type of snake this is, and is it passive?

I did check online, as well as with the Yucatan Wildlife manual...nothing exactly matches.

Took pic's but can't upload.


Doesn't the saying go, "yellow touch black, better stay back."
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 12:12 PM

to me they are all Snake-zilla...

I have never seen one with these markings.

Greg released it, and I said we might have just let loose a killer!!!!!
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 12:47 PM

to me they are all Snake-zilla...

I have never seen one with these markings.

Greg released it, and I said we might have just let loose a killer!!!!!


There are no poisonous snakes on the island.
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 01:19 PM

Doesn't the saying go, "yellow touch black, better stay back."


Red touches yellow kill a fellow (coral snake)

Red touches black friend of Jack (King snake)
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 01:38 PM

Nelda sent me the ID of the snake...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringneck_Snake#Physical_description

It does have venom, but for small things.

That being said, my cat BlackJack, is really under the weather today. Lethargic, drinking a lot of water, but eating.

Just not himself. He is the master of the domain here, and if something like a snake invaded, he would beat the cr*p out of it, and I did find the snake in the pool which is his dumping grounds...
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 01:55 PM

While I'm at it, I might as well ask some of the dumb questions I don't have answers too...

I've never been afraid of asking "dumb" questions, cuz I figure somebody else hasn't figured it out either.

1. How did Crocodiles get here...I guess they could have swam?
a. why Crocodiles, and not Alligators?
2. How did Scorpions get here?
3. How bout our darn Tarantulas?

I realize, fruits and veggies that are imported bring many things to an island...

My husband just rolls his eyes, go figure!
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 06:55 PM

I think the question to ask is how did they get off of the island and to other countries. I thought they evolved on Cozumel and were transported somewhere else.
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 05:18 PM

While I'm at it, I might as well ask some of the dumb questions I don't have answers too...

I've never been afraid of asking "dumb" questions, cuz I figure somebody else hasn't figured it out either.

1. How did Crocodiles get here...I guess they could have swam?
a. why Crocodiles, and not Alligators?
2. How did Scorpions get here?
3. How bout our darn Tarantulas?

I realize, fruits and veggies that are imported bring many things to an island...

My husband just rolls his eyes, go figure!


1. You are correct about the swimming. Crocodiles like brackish or salt water while alligators like fresh water. Iguanas most likely swam too.
2&3. Probably birds, think of the story of 'the scorpion and the frog' except replace the frog with a hungry bird who realizes after flying back to the island the thing it wants to eat keeps stinging him. Or a human bringing back some veggies or wood from the main land. A lot of plants and animals also catch a ride over great distances on flotsam.
If you really want to nerd out on some island biodiversity I highly recommend 'song of the dodo' it is part fun adventures part informative.
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Posted 09 January 2011 - 08:51 AM

It is not rare for a Crocodile to swim in the open water.
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 05:03 PM

Doesn't the saying go, "yellow touch black, better stay back."


In The Usa there is a snake called the Easternern Ring Neck that mathes the descrition, but belly is redissh. It is very small and non- poisonous.

Are the poisionous snakes here like in USA? meaning triangular head larger than body and generally the bad ones have cat slit eyes instead of round pupils?
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:11 AM

As pointed out earlier....there are no poisonous snakes on the island.
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