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Northern Water Snake

Nerodia sipedon


Found in most aquatic situations from lakes, ponds and streams to marshes, bogs and ditches.


I found this little snake at a pool I was managing this summer. I was in the lifeguard house when a child said that there was a Copperhead by the shallow end of the pool. I immediately went to investigate and found this little water snake instead of a deadly Copperhead, right by the waterside of the pool. I grabbed the snake and put it in a bucket so I could take it to be released into the wild. This way the snake wouldn't hurt any of the kids and no one would harm the snake. I released it into the wild shortly after catching it.

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Yasser 11 years ago

Right on bandhturtlesite. Great discussion here with Kevin. Too often, this situation would have turned into a needless snake death. I'm glad you were nearby to relocate this little one and show the kids that it's important to protect these awesome predators.

bandhturtlesite 11 years ago

If it were a copperhead I would not have killed it. I would have done the same thing I did with the water snake. The main concern at the time that I was told about the snake was that a small child may be bitten by a venomous snake. If that were to happen a small child would be of much greater risk of death. It was found on the concrete at the edge of a shallow water area where many small children play. I am all for everything and everyone staying alive and as a veteran Boy Scout of America I am all about preserving ecosystems.

KevinBBabbitt 11 years ago

I am glad you correctly identified this snake and rescued it. Though I would not classify copperheads as deadly more deaths are attributed to dogs, horses, fires, cars and much more every year in north america if it were a copperhead would you have killed it? Snakes are important to our ecosystem and you seem to understand this but the venomous ones are just as important, especially in rodent control.

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Illinois, USA

Spotted on May 26, 2012
Submitted on Sep 18, 2012

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