Spring Break 2018: A Dark and Wet Florida Banded Watersnake

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

Here’s a set of in situ shots of a Florida banded watersnake, Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, scouting the swampy shallows of Collier county, Florida. This non-venomous species is extremely variable in coloration and pattern throughout its range, and the banded watersnakes of south Florida tend to be quite dark. Unfortunately, this can confuse more than a few people — folks who assume that dark snake + water = venomous Cottonmouth. ¬†Fortunately, this individual was romping about well beyond the reach of typical tourists and visitors.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

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