- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) - A dead snake has residents of the Spink County town of Redfield stumped.

The remains of a 4-foot-long black snake with an orange belly recently showed up on a road in Redfield, prompting calls to the law enforcement dispatch center, the American News reported (https://bit.ly/28ICswR ).

A sheriff’s deputy tossed the carcass into a ditch, but it somehow ended up back on the road. A second deputy tossed it in the trash.

The species and origins of the snake are a mystery. There are two native species of garter snake that might fit the description, but neither grows to 4 feet, according to state Game, Fish and Parks conservation officer Nick Cochran.

“One is the Plains garter snake, and it gets to be 20 to 28 inches long, so they don’t get really big at all,” he said. “But sometimes, as they get old, they’ll get a little bigger in girth if they’re eating a lot of frogs.”



The Plains garter is known for its bright yellow or single orange stripe along the middle of its back. The other species is the common garter snake, which reaches a similar length and has red and yellow stripes along the middle of its back, Cochran said.

Deputy Shane Croeni said he is certain the snake wasn’t a garter snake, and speculated that it might have fallen from a passing vehicle that came from out of the area.

“It wasn’t (from) around here, for sure,” he said.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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