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