Nerodia taxispilota, 30 April 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020)

A common misconception is that “arrow-shaped” or “triangular” heads signify pit-vipers. Not necessarily true. Many non-venomous Nerodia watersnakes can and will flex their jaws out to appear more threatening. It’s an excellent defensive display. 

Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

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