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probably a 1-2 feet long if it was stretched out! Looks like a very melanistic water moccasin? or some other water snake? The girth was impressive close to one inch diameter.
Narrow raised grass path through the mangrove swamp, edges non-mowed with knee high grasses behind which is full height mangrove and then open marsh, I only spotted this baby as I was trying to see the frogs that were jumping into the marsh from the same general area, now I know why he/she was here! This beauty I nearly stepped on, I was following the leaping frogs at the swamp edge and there this one was, watching me back very intently not moving a muscle the whole time. I decided to takes pictures through the grass.
Merrit Island National Wildlife Sanctuary
Spotted on Dec 2, 2013
Submitted on Dec 12, 2013