Spring Break 2023: Nerodia taxispilota

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (11 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023

The first official snake of the 2023 jaunt throughout the Florida peninsula was none other than Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake. Unfortunately, however, there was no opportunity for hand’s-on macro action. The snake was well fortified in a basking position draped over the water, so when my foot stepped on an attached vine, the snake quickly dropped down because I unintentionally rustled its perch. So it goes, right? Still, I was thrilled to see a Brown watersnake at this particular spot. It’s been some time since I’ve seen one in this corner of the Heart Island area.

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