Spring Break 2018: A Banded Watersnake

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).
Series: Spring Break 2018.

Prior to our jaunt south for Spring Break 2018, it had actually been a while since I’d come across a Florida banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris), which says quite a bit about how busy I’ve been. This is an extremely abundant and adaptable species of watersnake. More so than any other watersnake species, the Florida banded watersnake isn’t too picky in terms of habitat — so long as there’s water nearby and stuff to eat. From ponds to rivers, from creeks to swamps, you can stumble across this non-venomous species damn near anywhere throughout the Floridian peninsula. I was certainly delighted to get a chance to photograph a few more down south over Spring Break. Of all the species we have in Florida, Nerodia fasciata pictiventris remains my favorite. I think it might be in the running for Eric’s favorite, too… It’s at least in the top five for him, I suspect.

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