Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part V (09 May 2020)

Part V:
The Obligatory Profile Shot

I’ve been taking macro profile shots of Nerodia watersnakes throughout the Floridian peninsula the past fifteen years or so (minus my four years in Alaska). This is a fairly standard Nerodia fasciata pattern — strong, vertical striping on the labials (lip scales) and a hint of a banded stripe radiating back from the upper eye. The base yellow is a bit stronger than I usually see with more-inland Nerodia fasciatas in Central Florida  but other than that I don’t see much that strikes me as Nerodia clarkii. 

GENUS NERODIA

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

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