What Type of Snake is This?

There is a snake in my pool. It's about 2 and a half to 3 feet long, he's swimming with his head staying above the water and he's black with kind of a grayish/white diamond pattern. Any ideas what snake this is?

By Shannon

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June 22, 20110 found this helpful

Where do you live? Assuming you are in the northern US, it sounds like a harmless black snake or water snake. He may not be able to get out on his own, you might want to use your long-handled skimmer to lift him out. (Northern) water snakes are ill-tempered, and will bite if provoked, but are not poisonous.

If you are in the southern US, or another country, you should look online. In the southern US, there are poisonous black-colored snakes that swim. If you are unsure, don't mess with it until you get someone to check it.

Post a photo, if you can, and people can be more specific.

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June 28, 20110 found this helpful

Aggressive? I wonder if it could be a water moccasin? Use precaution.

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June 28, 20110 found this helpful

All snakes swim, so be really careful!

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August 22, 20120 found this helpful

It sounds to me like a water moccasin, but I may be wrong. Try calling animal control and see if they will come and get it out.

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