Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Nassau county (16 April 2016).

Faded ventral pattern of one of the northeast Florida banded watersnakes. 

Note: Nassau county (in extreme northeast Florida) is close to the zone of intergradation between the Florida subspecies (N. f. pictiventris) and the Southern subspecies (N. f. fasciata). I generally consider bandeds in northeast Florida to be N. f. pictiventris, but these populations are quite likely intergrades in one capacity or another. Personally, I don’t much too much stock into subspecies differentiation. It is what it is.

Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

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