Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 09 July 2011

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake;
Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011).

A fantastic Mangrove salt marsh snake just about to reach ecdysis, the shedding of its scales. Note the milky blue eye. That’s its ocular scale very, very ready to shed. What a fantastic species. As the name suggests, they scratch out a living along mangrove forests right on the coastline. This individual was photographed in a mangrove on the edge of the Florida Keys. This species is entirely non-venomous and non-aggressive.

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