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Banded water snake

Nerodia fasciata


Medium sized water snake. Banded water snake, water moccasin? I'm not sure.


Swamp/ marsh of southeast Louisiana.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Water moccasin
Agkistrodon_piscivorus Agkistrodon piscivorus
Doug Sires
Doug Sires 8 years ago
Banded water snake
Nerodia fasciata

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MitchRay 9 years ago

Broad-banded Watersnake, Nerodia fasciata confluens

AnnImel 9 years ago

I agree Jason & Goody, thanks. I have another picture of a definite moccasin.

Aaron_G 9 years ago

Inconclusive - not enough visible to make an ID.

JasonO'Connor 9 years ago

My guess would be a species of Nerodia, not sure which. It just doesn't have the same proportions as a water moccasin. Hard to tell from the picture though, a head shot would help

AnnImel 9 years ago

Which kind of snake is that article about? Banded water snake, water moccasin, or something else?

KarenSaxton 9 years ago

from wikipedia: These crossbands, which usually have black edges, are sometimes broken along the dorsal midline to form a series of staggered half bands on either side of the body. These crossbands are visibly lighter in the center, almost matching the ground color, often contain irregular dark markings, and extend well down onto the ventral scales.

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Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Apr 16, 2011
Submitted on Dec 8, 2011

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