Nerodia taxispilota, 01 March 2015

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015).

The Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, is one of Florida’s hefty (and entirely non-venomous) watersnake species. Considered to be the “most arboreal” of Florida’s watersnakes, when you hear stories about snakes dropping into canoes, odds are it was a Brown watersnakes. Though often confused with the venomous Florida cottonmouth (Agkistrodon conanti), the Brown watersnake is neither venomous nor aggressive. They prefer to bide their time in foliage overhanging water and, when threatened, simply drop into the water below. As adults, they range upwards to 30-55 inches and are rather robust, but, really, they are shy and reclusive snakes. This is also one of my favorite species. Brown watersnakes are ridiculously gorgeous. This one was no exception!

Learn more about Brown watersnakes!

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