Spring Break 2018: Another Brown Watersnake!

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018).
Series: Spring Break 2018.

The continuing and celebratory parade of Spring Break 2018 takes another step forward with… yet another Nerodia watersnake! Featured here is another Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, photographed in Monroe county, Florida, during our March sojourn south. This non-venomous watersnake species is often confused with the venomous Florida cottonmouth, Agkistrodon conanti, but if you stop to look more closely, you’ll see Brown watersnakes are very, very distinct from their distant venomous relatives. Of all the snakes we found in South Florida during our trip, the Brown watersnake was far and away the most abundant. In the image set below, I’ve included a photograph of two other Brown watersnakes in their natural habitat, in situ as they say. Brown watersnakes prefer to bask on limbs and foliage hanging directly over the water.

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