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Northern Watersnake

Nerodia sipedon

Description:

Northern Water Snakes grow over four feet long. They can be brown, gray, reddish, or brownish-black. They have dark crossbands on their necks and dark blotches on the rest of their bodies. Also, the older the snake gets, the darker it gets. An older snake will become black. The belly of this snake also varies in color. It can be white, yellow, or gray. Usually it also has reddish or black crescents (moon shapes).

Habitat:

Northern Water Snakes live near lakes, ponds, marshes, streams, rivers, and canals; just about anywhere there is water. They are active during the day and at night. They are most often seen basking on rocks, stumps, or brush. During the day, water snakes hunt among plants at the water's edge, looking for small fish, frogs, worms, leeches, crayfish, salamanders, young turtles, and small birds and mammals.

Notes:

Dragon Run One of the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s most pristine waterways, the Dragon Run flows forty miles, northwest to southeast, along and through non-tidal and tidal bald cypress swamp 37.633903, -76.695313 37.655728, -76.710749 37.671015, -76.722465

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rstillings
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rstillings

Virginia, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2013
Submitted on May 13, 2013

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