Hello all, long time lurker, first time poster.
I love in Carroll County MD and would like to find snakes in the wild. I own a few, but love to see them in there natural habbitat, and possable photograph them. Is there a site that could tell me tips on finding different typs in the wild. I know we have a few types of rat snakes, and garter snakes around here, but can't seem to ever find any.
Thanks in advance.
Joe
While I couldnt find "specific" locations I did find you some info, hope it helps. And let us know how it goes.
A species list for Maryland, also tells how common the snake is:

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/snakeinfo.html
Here you can copy & paste the snake's name for pics and a description of it's habitat:
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html
Hello all, long time lurker, first time poster. I love in Carroll County MD and would like to find snakes in the wild.

Hi Joe. Try these websites for some ideas on places to go "hunting": http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central.html http://natzoo.si.edu/Animals/BackyardBiology/NatureCenters/default.cfm

Please note that it is illegal for you to collect animals from most public lands.
I just finished doing some herp survey work in Carroll, Cecil, Baltimore and Harford counties and saw quite a few black rat snakes, green frogs, leopard frogs, American toads, box and snapping turtles. I also saw quite a few bog turtles (which is what I was looking for) and 3 Queen snakes! Also spotted: painted turtles, spotted turtles (!), garter snake, northern watersnake, redbellied watersnake, wood frog (and I heard bullfrogs and grey treefrogs calling) northern two-lined salamander, long-tailed salamander, northern red salamander and a redback salamander(leadback phase). On a trip to the eastern shore I saw some fence lizards, broad-head skinks, and a black-phase eastern hognose.
The key is really to move stuff around. Look under rocks or logs (put them back in place when you're done please!), walk through the tall grass and look through it closely, just wander around outside long enough and keep alert for movement, and you're bound to see something. Also - don't forget to look up. Several MD snakes are great climbers. At Eden Mill Nature Center in Harford County I saw a black rat snake's *** hanging out of a hole in a tree about 10 feet off the ground. No branches between the ground and the hole. After a few minutes the snake heaved itself all the way into the hole. I imagine it was curling up for a nice rest after a big meal of whatever was in the tree.
Enjoy your herping!
-Z