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Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, 28 March 2012

Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, the Redbelly watersnake; Coastal coastal plain of Georgia (28 March 2012). From 2011 through 2013, I lived and worked in Valdosta, Georgia. One of the delightful perks of teaching at Valdosta State University was an abundance of Redbelly watersnakes (Nerodia erythrogaster…

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). The Florida green watersnake, Nerodia floridana, is one of Florida’s robustly-sized non-venomous watersnakes. Though often confused as being a venomous Florida cottonmouth (Agkistrodon conanti), this species is entirely non-venomous. It prefers to…

Nerodia taxispilota, 01 March 2015

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). The Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, is one of Florida’s hefty (and entirely non-venomous) watersnake species. Considered to be the “most arboreal” of Florida’s watersnakes, when you hear stories about snakes dropping into canoes,…

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county, Florida (23 April 2016, Nikon D7100). This is a young and rowdy Florida banded watersnake, Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, photographed in Nassau county, northeastern Florida, back in April of 2016. Arguably, this may be an intergrade…

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017; Nikon D7100). The Mangrove salt marsh snake, Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, is one of several non-venomous Florida watersnakes. As its common name suggests, this species tends to scratch out a living…

The Striped Crayfish Snake, 10 November 2018

Liodytes alleni, the Striped crayfish snake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). The Striped crayfish snake, Liodytes alleni, is a small, reclusive, non-venomous, and mostly-aquatic species. I don’t see them all that often in central Florida, though they’re certainly common enough. Unlike their larger…

The Brown Watersnake, 10 November 2018

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). When it comes to peninsula Florida’s three most-dominant inland watersnake species, I was three-for-three on this one particular night in Miami-Dade county. In addition to the Florida banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) and…

A Young Florida Green Watersnake (II); 10 November 2018

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). Following up on our last post, here’s the second of two sub-adult Florida green watersnakes I found adjacent to one another on a lonely south Florida roadway well after the sun had…

A Young Florida Green Watersnake (I); 10 November 2018

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). This youngster was one of two sub-adult Florida green watersnakes I came across laying next to each other on the side of a road in south Florida. Both appeared quite healthy. Both…

A Young Florida Banded Watersnake, 10 November 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florda banded watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018). Not all snakes you find on Florida’s nighttime roads have fallen victim to vehicular mayhem. Thankfully. I came across this young (non-venomous) Florida banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) chilling near the…

A Fairly Dark Florida Banded Watersnake, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). We’ve seen a few Florida banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) on Floridensis thus far, but the individual featured here remains one of my favorites. As noted before on this blog, the Florida…

The Second Florida Banded Watersnake on 17 September 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Alachua county, Florida (15 September 2018). Watersnake populations tend to come and go with time. An area thick with them can dry up rather suddenly because of any number of environmental factors: pollution, water level, loss of prey,…

The First Florida Banded Watersnake on 17 September 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Alachua county, Florida (15 September 2018). As the title might suggest (especially in the wake of the prior ribbon snake posts), my little herping group also managed to find a couple of Florida banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) in Alachua…

There’s Nothing Better than a Big Brown Watersnake in Levy County

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016). Located within the Gulf coastal region of Florida (west of Gainesville and Ocala), Levy county is fairly small, quaint, and quiet. It’s not a part of Florida you’ll often find featured on advertisements,…

The Mottled Dark Chinned Southern Black Racers of South Georgia

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer; Lowndes county, Georgia (15 March 2012). For all the color and pattern variations of Florida’s Eastern garter snakes, Banded watersnakes, Eastern rat snakes, and even Florida cottonmouths, one species that simply doesn’t carry too much variation in…

Just a Kid, Really: The Florida Banded Watersnake, 26 July 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (26 July 2018). Is there anything as adorable as a juvenile Florida banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) just starting to wind and slink its way through life? As noted before on Floridensis (a few…

The Florida Green Watersnake, 26 July 2018

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (26 July 2018). I never stumble upon a Nerodia watersnake that I don’t adore. They’re just terrific, beautiful, and fascinating organisms. They’re also amazingly and consistently misunderstood and feared unnecessarily by the better part of…

The Brown Watersnake, 26 July 2018

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (26 July 2018). Featured here is a fairly fantastic and fine Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota, photographed during my post-thunderstorm road-cruise fiesta throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, Florida. It was also the first of three such Brown…

The Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake, 09 July 2011

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011). This is a Mangrove salt marsh snake, Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, one of three “salt marsh” watersnake subspecies in Florida. This particular individual, photographed in the mangroves of the Florida Keys,…

The Redbelly Watersnake, 05 July 2018

Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, the Redbelly watersnake; Lowndes county, Georgia (05 July 2018). This past Thursday, I headed up to Lowndes county, Georgia, with my friend, Eric, to find one specific species: The Redbelly watersnake, Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster. Eric’s originally from the Pacific Northwest and…