Nerodia floridana, 20 June 2007

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake;
Lake county, Florida (20 June 2007).

The Florida green watersnake is a large, non-venomous, native species rather common throughout Florida’s freshwater habitats. It prefers to bask in grasses, reeds, and detritus matted up on open water surfaces. They’re not as prone to basking on shore or in limbs overhanging the water, though they do both from time to time. Usually, they stay very low to the surface and simply slip down to escape any would-be predator from above.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: