Nerodia floridana, 14 March 2019

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (14 March 2019).

In south Florida, most notably in the Everglades, our Florida green watersnakes can take on a more-reddish tone, especially as juveniles. Featured here is one such juvenile Florida green watersnake from the Everglades system a few years back. This species can be ridiculously abundant down south, and the juveniles can sport some awesome colors and checkered patterning. They’re always fantastic to encounter, but I truly do adore the Florida greens of south Florida.

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