Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015).

Perhaps my favorite snake species in Florida, this is a fairly dark Florida banded watersnake, a native, non-venomous, and entirely unaggressive species. Florida banded watersnakes are extremely variable in coloring and patterning across their range and even within populations. In south Florida, this dark pattern is a bit more prevalent than elsewhere across the Floridian peninsula.

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