Following up on our last post, here’s the second of two sub-adult Florida green watersnakes I found adjacent to one another on a lonely south Florida roadway well after the sun had set.
If you spend some time checking out photographs of various watersnakes throughout the Floridian peninsula, you might recognize that the Florida green watersnake is the least variable of our local species when it comes to coloration and patterning. Florida greens tend to look just like, well, Florida greens.
While Banded watersnakes and Salt marsh snakes can sport a variety of colors and patterns and Brown watersnakes can appear rather dark or light, Florida greens are eerily similar to one another. Occasionally you’ll come across a reddish/orangish variant, but most of the time Florida green watersnakes are olive brownish/greenish watersnakes. The only other variation I see (beyond general wear-and-tear) is “beefiness,” so to speak. Youngsters are usually slimmer, and older snakes are usually rather robust. This is true of watersnakes generally. Sometimes, however, you’ll find a surprisingly slim adult or an unusually robust youngster. In this case, we have an appropriately slim sub-adult sporting a fairly impressive meathead noggin’ — partially because it’s defensively posturing against the lumbering hominid with the magic Nikon box.