Nerodia fasciata fasciata, the Southern banded watersnake;
Lowndes county, Georgia (05 April 2012).
Hard to believe it’s already been a decade since I lived in southern Georgia. The years roll by quite quickly, don’t they? Anyhow, here’s a fantastic banded watersnake from Lowndes county, Georgia. In southern Georgia, the Florida banded watersnake subspecies fades into the Southern banded waternsake subspecies. I don’t put too much stock into subspecies distinctions (I see it more as a spectrum than a binary), but the South Georgia bandeds definitely tended to be quite dark in their patterning. Really bold patterning.