Nerodia taxispilota, 30 October 2016

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016).

One of my favorite shots of one of my favorite species. This is a fairly large Brown watersnake, a native, non-venomous, and entirely non-aggressive species quite abundant throughout Florida’s varied freshwater systems. Brown watersnakes tend to prefer darker, calmer waters. If there’s cypress around, for example, keep an eye out for basking Brown watersnakes!

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