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That’s not a venomous copperhead in Seattle’s Discovery Park, just a corn snake, zoo says

Photo of the snake, taken by a visitor and released by Seattle Parks Dept.

SEATTLE — Seattle Parks said initially that a non-native, poisonous copperhead snake was spotted in Seattle’s Discovery Park on Wednesday.

The city department said the snake was seen at the top of the sandy bluff in the park, and that staff was roping off the area.

“Be safe!” Seattle Parks advised.

But Seattle Parks said later in the day that the Woodland Park Zoo took a look at the photo of the snake taken by a park visitor and said that’s not a copperhead, but a non-poisonous corn snake.

Seattle Parks said corn snakes are not native to Washington state either, and it likely came from a pet owner.