Snake Shed Identification
Name: Teresa U.
Is there a way to identify the shed of a snake? Does a
copperhead shed look different than a non poisonous snake shed?
Shed snake skins retain some patterning but not much color of the live snake. Yes, it is
possible to identify the sheds, but not always easy. I have not found a handy reference.
I would compare the pattern of the shed to illustrations in a good field guide, and if in
doubt ask an expert at a zoo, nature center, wildlife center or the like.
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Update: June 2012