Though Brown watersnakes (Nerodia taxispilota) ran supreme during our Spring Break 2018 sojourn to south Florida, we were also glad to find a few Florida green watersnakes, Nerodia floridana, in Collier county. A fairly large and robust non-venomous species of watersnake, the Florida green watersnake is also arguably the most difficult of our Nerodia watersnakes to get a hold of; they prefer to bask atop reed-like grasses floating above or rising from open freshwater just a bit off the shoreline. Fortunately for us, we were able to find a few canal-line individuals right at the shoreline.
This particular individual is not a juvenile, but it’s still fairly young, trim, and slim by Florida green watersnake standards. Our next post will present a significantly larger and more “beefy” Florida green.
Regardless of mass and volume, so to speak, the Florida green watersnake is non-venomous and is not something to be afraid of. They’re quick to flee into the water when threatened and pose no significant threat to humans. They will, of course, sometimes defend themselves vigorously when grabbed (as they should), but Florida green watersnakes would much rather disappear into the water and evade human interaction.