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Florida Banded Water Snake

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris

Description:

Non-Venomous...Adults average from 24-42 inches (61-106.7 cm). The record is 62.5 inches (158.8 cm). Stout bodied snake with broad black, brown, or red crossbands over most of body. The lighter narrower bands are tan, gray, or reddish and may contain a dark spot on the side. The light bands may be broken by a black strip down the middle of the back. Crossbands may be obscured as snake darkens with age. Belly is creamy yellow with wormlike red or black markings. Scales are keeled and there are 23-27 dorsal scale rows at midbody. The pupil is round. A dark stripe extends from the eye to the angle of the jaw. Juveniles have very clear red or black crossbands on light background

Habitat:

Pond

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JeffreyDuby
Spotted by
JeffreyDuby

Florida, USA

Spotted on May 1, 2013
Submitted on May 2, 2013

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