At long last, we’re winding down the big Spring Break 2018 series (which took much longer to work through than I’d originally anticipated), and all we have left are a few bonus watersnakes and anoles. Of course.
Featured here is a young adult Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, spotted in the heart of Monroe county, Florida — one of many such Brown watersnakes we came across during our trip. Perhaps because this individual was still relatively young in the long run of things, it was sporting a light mocha-with-cream base coloring. A very cool pattern on this one, and Browns aren’t particularly variable with patterning (at least not as much as their cousins Nerodia fasciata). At this point, I have no idea how many Brown watersnakes I’ve observed throughout Florida, but I’m always happy to get up close and personal with them. Such an elegant design, and such a *typically* chilled demeanor!