Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, the Redbelly watersnake;
Lowndes county, Georgia (28 March 2012).
An over-abundance of Redbelly watersnakes was most certainly a benefit of living and working in Valdosta, Georgia, for two years. This is a species that ranges south to north Florida and the Big Bend region — but it doesn’t range to where I grew up and now live (Volusia county, Florida). A bit smaller and slimmer than other regional Nerodia species, I found Redbellies to be slick, agile serpents. Always fantastic to encounter.