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Common Water Snake

Nerodia sipedon


Brown with dark saddles on the back. Approximately 3.5 feet long.


Small river

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25 Comments (1–25)

LisaPowers 8 years ago

Thanks Sergio, Carol, Lauren and Reza! No Lauren she did not bite anyone. Another smaller one clipped a friend of mine whose hand you see holding her. It was moving and made about 2 cm slash, but because they have an anticoagulant in their saliva, it looks much worse than it really was.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Congratulations Lisa.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Congratulations! Be careful!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Congratulations Lisa! Great pictures. Did it bite you?

Congratulations !

LisaPowers 8 years ago

Thanks Karen! And thanks to everyone else for your kind words! :-)

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Congrats Lisa!

Congrats Lisa!

Hema 8 years ago

Congratulations, Lisa.

namitha 8 years ago

Congratulations Lisa. You are really an amazing herpetologist.

surekha 8 years ago

Awesome spotting, Lisa! Congratulations!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Congratulations Lisa for your SOTD

MarcTe 8 years ago

great spotting Lisa!!

KarenL 8 years ago

Congratulations Lisa, your great series has been chosen as spotting of the day to kick off snake week!

The common water snake is a non-venomous North American snake that is often mistaken for the venomous cottonmouth, which it superficially resembles. The two species can be most easily distinguished by their eyes – the pupils of the cottonmouth are cat-like vertical slits, whereas those of the water snake are round.


kittuandme 8 years ago

i just loved the first pic (close up)! marvelous!

LisaPowers 8 years ago

Thanks everyone for the kind words!

I am a herpetologist, so I work with snakes all the time. For this shot, I was about 4 inches away. Once the snake realized we were not going to harm her, she calmed down.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

Awesome shot

Awesome !

Sew 8 years ago

Great photos...

LisaPowers 8 years ago

This is the one who caused the blood. as you can see it calmed down after it realized we were not going to harm it.

LisaPowers 8 years ago

A smaller water snake caught my friend on the finger and basically slashed his finger open about 1/2 inch but they have an anticoagulent in the saliva that prevents clotting. So it looks much worse than it was in reality.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Awesome! What's with the blood?

Cassie456 8 years ago

How did you get a close up picture?

LisaPowers 8 years ago

This one did not, but I did get bit by the one that bit they guy in the pic. It was much smaller too. :-)

staccyh 8 years ago

Woah pretty fierce looking! It bit you?

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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Aug 23, 2013
Submitted on Sep 13, 2013

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