Spring Break 2023: Nerodia taxispilota

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (12 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023

I didn’t come across many Brown watersnakes on this particular trip. This was the closest I was able to get to one, and it was pretty well fortified. I usually find this species basking on limbs overhanging or adjacent to the water, but this one had taken a liking to some rocks cracked around the edge of the canal line — pretty low to the water but with ample retreat-coverage. This snake had a good spot picked out!

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