Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake;
Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017; Nikon D7100).

The Mangrove salt marsh snake, Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, is one of several non-venomous Florida watersnakes. As its common name suggests, this species tends to scratch out a living among coastal mangrove habitats. Very closely related to the Banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata ssp.), Mangrove salt marsh snakes are somewhat variable in appearance. They can appear bright orange to jet black and anywhere in-between. This individual was found and photographed in the Florida Keys.

Learn more about the Mangrove salt marsh snake!

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