Nerodia taxispilota, 10 April 2016

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Lake county, Florida (10 April 2016).

An impressive Brown watersnake encountered and photographed in Lake county, Florida. Of all Florida’s non-venomous watersnake species, the Brown watersnake is the most consistent in coloring and patterning. Wherever you find them, this is usually what they like like. Though they do darken with age and can sometimes be fairly bright as youngsters, the patterning really doesn’t change much: Dark brown blotches on a lighter brown base.

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