Featured here is a fairly fantastic and fine Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, photographed during my post-thunderstorm road-cruise fiesta throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, Florida. It was also the first of three such Brown watersnakes I would stumble across that evening.
Entirely non-venomous and, in my opinion, utterly adorable, the Brown watersnake is a beefy, strong, and muscular tank of a snake — at least if it survives long enough… This particular individual was still a bit on the slim-n’-trim side of life. Given time, however, and I’m sure it’ll grow up to be another Nerodia tank of the Floridian peninsula.
If you’d like to learn a wee bit more about this species, check out the Floridensis Brown Watersnake one-sheet.