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Southern Banded Watersnake

Nerodia fasciata

Description:

Small water snake, 5-6" long with brown/orange markings

Habitat:

Swamp/Marshland

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Southern Watersnake
Nerodia fasciata


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4 Comments

QWMom
QWMom 8 years ago

Thanks for the ID, Cody!

Cody.conway
Cody.conway 8 years ago

Cottonmouths will have a slit pupil for an eye, as well as a grey line that runs across the top of their eye. Your snake has a clearly visible round pupil in the second image. Most nerodia (nastix) have the ability to flatten their head and give a more triangular appearance which leads many people to think they are the more dangerous cottonmouth. Look for the eyes though and you will know without a doubt when dealing with heavy bodied snakes in or near the water.

RedTopRanger
RedTopRanger 8 years ago

I agree! It's got that squat type of body and looks like the head might be triangular...

ElsiOuzts
ElsiOuzts 8 years ago

It could be a water moccasin. They have a variety of colors and pattern.

QWMom
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QWMom

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Apr 5, 2012
Submitted on Jan 23, 2013

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