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Barn Swallow and ??? (and Snake)

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I took these on a creek near the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. I have identified the bird with the forked tail as a Barn Swallow. But the other one I do not know. Please help. And yes that is a snake hanging from the dock. I didn’t know that until I uploaded the photos. Bizarre right? 

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Thank you! I do now notice the forked tail strands on the first one. The angle made me think it could be a different type. 

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41 minutes ago, urban snipe said:

that looks like a lost snake toy

Yeah, it's awfully coincidental that the snake's mouth and tongue are in the same position in both shots.

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3 minutes ago, cccougar said:

but in the one photo there’s something on it or wrapped around it. 

It's another swallow flying behind it.

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Interesting feedback. It likely is a toy. Maybe someone put it on or under the dock to try to scare off other critters. I did see and photograph a hedgehog on a nearby dock.

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To be honest I'm not sure what this critter is. Maybe someone can help. My parents say it's a hedgehog so they are probably correct.

I did see a few more in the area later.  They seem to be abundant in the Chesapeake Bay part of Virginia's Northern Neck.  

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I'd call that a woodchuck, but I'm far from an expert here. Hey, I was going to agree with the snake, but I agree it seems like it's probably a toy!

I think of hedgehogs as small porcupine-like critters.

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Thanks for the ground hog/wood chuck identifications. I did some more checking after I posted and realized this is not a hedge hog.  That's what my parents called them so I'll have to let them know what they really are.   Big sucker this ground hog!  

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