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Northern Water Snake

Nerodia sipedon sipedon


This is a gray to brown water snake with dark bands on the front portion of the body, then the bands turn into blotches posteriorly. Dorsal scales are keeled. I didn't measure this one, but I'd guess its length to be around 3 feet. The body of this individual is very broad and stout, and it always had the one eye on me!


A rocky embankment that partially damns up Flat Branch Creek, a small to medium sized freshwater stream.


Seems like a small population is currently living all over this embankment. I saw 4 adults and several juveniles within a matter of minutes.

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Aaron_G 6 years ago

This one is a CHUNK. Gravid female?? Nice photo!

MitchRay 7 years ago

I have yet to see a sipedon

Missouri, USA

Lat: 38.94, Long: -92.34

Spotted on Jun 1, 2011
Submitted on Jun 2, 2011

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