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.