Just a Kid, Really: The Florida Banded Watersnake, 26 July 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (26 July 2018).

Is there anything as adorable as a juvenile Florida banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) just starting to wind and slink its way through life? As noted before on Floridensis (a few dozen times), the Florida banded watersnake is a non-venomous species. Unfortunately, it’s often misidentified as the Florida cottonmouth and consequently slaughtered by people. But not this time. Not on this night. This night, this little kid survived to see another day.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 26 July 2018

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