Category: Nerodia fasciata

Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016).Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake;Nassau county (23 April 2016).Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake;Nassau county (23 April 2016).Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake;Nassau county (23 April 2016).Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 09 May 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 09 May 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata, 28 May 2013

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 May 2013). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. NOTE: I largely dodge subspecies distinctions on south Georgia banded watersnakes because I can’t really distinguish between the two subspecies in that region (just north of the… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata, 28 May 2013”

Nerodia fasciata, 28 May 2013

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 May 2013). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. NOTE: I largely dodge subspecies distinctions on south Georgia banded watersnakes because I can’t really distinguish between the two subspecies in that region (just north of the… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata, 28 May 2013”

Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. NOTE: N. fasciata in extreme north Florida may arguably be N. f. pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake, N. f. fasciata, the Southern banded watersnake, or an intergrade… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016”

Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. NOTE: N. fasciata in extreme north Florida may arguably be N. f. pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake, N. f. fasciata, the Southern banded watersnake, or an intergrade… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016”

Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata, the Banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. NOTE: N. fasciata in extreme north Florida may arguably be N. f. pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake, N. f. fasciata, the Southern banded watersnake, or an intergrade… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata, 23 April 2016”

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 30 April 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020). Slick watersnake on a shadowy, slick surface. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Not all sticks floating in water are actually sticks floating in water.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Lateral profile shot. Fairly typical — but lighter than many of the large adults I find in Collier.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). U-coil reference shot of mid-body dorsal patterning and keeling. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). U-coil reference shot of ventral patterning. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Lower jaw patterning of a fairly typical Florida banded watersnake from South Florida. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (16 April 2016). Full body, dorsal view of a Northeast Florida banded watersnake. I see this pattern mostly in south Georgia and north Florida, though I do also find it from time to time in central Florida (Lake… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016”

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (16 April 2016). Faded ventral pattern of one of the northeast Florida banded watersnakes.  Note: Nassau county (in extreme northeast Florida) is close to the zone of intergradation between the Florida subspecies (N. f. pictiventris) and… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016”

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (16 April 2016). One of the Nassau county banded watersnakes, a mid-sized, fairly-trim adult.  Note: Nassau county (in extreme northeast Florida) is close to the zone of intergradation between the Florida subspecies (N. f. pictiventris)… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part X (09 May 2020)

Part X: Fasciata Attitude, Fasciata Spunk Though I have more photos of this individual, we’ll wrap up right now with this shot. Nerodia watersnakes, like all snakes I’ve encountered in Florida, are simply not aggressive by nature. They sometimes will, however, vigorously defend themselves when they… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part X (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part IX (09 May 2020)

Part IX: Lateral Mid-Body Scaling A macro study of the banded’s mid-torso/lateral-dorsal scaling and texture. A good, strong keeling coupled with some fantastic patterning and darkened figure-ground contrast. I also learned it’s a bit tricky to get a clear macro shot of dark scales… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part IX (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VIII (09 May 2020)

Part VIII: Ventral U-Coil Shot A ventral u-coil reference shot of the Nerodia’s mid-torso. Again, this is a fairly classic Nerodia fasciata pattern. It just blows my mind I found this snake in the thick of a coastal salt marsh hanging out on a muddy… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VIII (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VII (09 May 2020)

Part VII: Ventral Head Pattern A ventral reference shot of the banded’s head/lower jaw. Again, this is fairly typical for Nerodia fasciata, though that base cream/yellow tone was really striking. There’s a smidge of alignment in the picti patterns behind the jawline, but the pattern was not… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VII (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VI (09 May 2020)

Part VI: Lateral/Dorsal Scaling and Patterning Florida banded watersnakes are extremely variable in color and pattern, but this individual was (beautifully) par-for-course with our local Bandeds in Volusia county. Dark dorsal base tone with muted dark red bands, and dark red pictis on the ventral pattern. This… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part VI (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part V (09 May 2020)

Part V: The Obligatory Profile Shot I’ve been taking macro profile shots of Nerodia watersnakes throughout the Floridian peninsula the past fifteen years or so (minus my four years in Alaska). This is a fairly standard Nerodia fasciata pattern — strong, vertical striping on… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part V (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part IV (09 May 2020)

Part IV: Score! Bam! I have to admit, this was a glorious catch. It was my first one-handed Nerodia catch while floating in a kayak in a salt marsh on a windy day. Heh. It was a close call, but the catch was made indeed,… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part IV (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part III (09 May 2020)

Part III: The Fourth Salt Marsh Banded Part III brings us to Nerodia Number Four. Yes, I skipped one. There was actually a third salt marsh banded watersnake before this one, but I failed to get a picture entirely. I also failed to get… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part III (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part II (09 May 2020)

Part II: The Second Salt Marsh Banded, the Second Miss Though I was a bit bummed I didn’t get my hands on that first Nerodia, I was at least thrilled to have gotten a modicum of a clear reference shot. And then? Bam! I spotted a… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part II (09 May 2020)”

Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part I (09 May 2020)

Part I: The First Salt Marsh… Banded On the May 9th, I took the kayak out to the Tomoka Basin to paddle around and look for signs of salt marsh snakes. Volusia County has dwindling populations of the Atlantic salt marsh snake (Nerodia clarkii, ssp. taeniata), a non-venomous watersnake… Continue Reading “Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part I (09 May 2020)”

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 30 April 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020). A second shot of a most-lovely Florida banded watersnake slinking about the dark waters of interior Volusia county, Florida. Note how the snake floats a bit on the surface of the… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 30 April 2020”

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 30 April 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020). This Florida banded watersnake’s persistent wariness of the land-bound hominid was greater than my desire to jump in the water to catch the snake. But it sure was lovely to watch swimming… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 30 April 2020”

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 15 March 2018

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 27 November 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (27 November 2015). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016 [i]

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016 [i]

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county (23 April 2016). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.