What Is The Difference Between A Rat Snake And A Copperhead As Far As Colors & Patterns In South Georgia? And Which Has A Red Belly?


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One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between a Rat Snake and a Copperhead is to look at its eyes.  A rat snake has eyes with a round pupil whereas the Copperhead has eyes that resemble those of a cat.  I do not believe either of them have red bellies.  A copperhead also has a yellow tail during its juvenielle stage.  Also Rat Snakes have no problem climbing up trees but you will not find a Copperhead climbing a tree.  It sounds like what you saw could be a Red-Bellied Water Snake or a Red-Bellied Snake. Do a quick google search and see if either resembles what you saw! 

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