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Nerodia sipedon sipedon
Grey-banded water snake i believe. Light underbelly and round pupils. Caught in minner trap looked dead, but turned loose in hopes that it would survive, and took off as soon as it was in familar territory. Do water snakes normally "play dead"?
Caught in a minner trap and was underwater for a little while until I was able to check it. We brought it to camp and laid it out and by the photos you can probably see it looked dead, though it would slightly expand its midsection every so often. Because of this, we decided to try and turn it loose and as soon as it was back in the area it was caught, it shot off into the water like nothing was wrong with it.
Spotted on Jul 9, 2011
Submitted on Jul 13, 2011