Category: Nerodia Watersnakes

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). They’re all fantastic, of course, but I admit I’m a bit extra-smitten with the red phase Mangrove salt marsh snakes.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). Dorsal u-coil reference shot of a red phase Mangrove salt marsh snake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). Ventral u-coil reference shot of a red phase Mangrove salt marsh snake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

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…

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…

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)…

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). Classic scaling on that big, meaty head.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). Full body perspective of a fairly typical Florida green watersnake in Lake county, Florida.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia floridana, 01 March 2015

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Lake county, Florida (01 March 2015). What a fantastic expression. As robust as they may be, I’ll never get over the DERP-factor of the Florida green watersnake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 30 October 2016

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016). At this point, Brown watersnakes may be in the lead for my favorite species to see up close. I find them to be extraordinarily beautiful.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Nerodia taxispilota, 30 October 2016

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016). A reference shot of some excellent ventral patterning. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 30 October 2016

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Levy county, Florida (30 October 2016). Eric spends a little quality time with one of many Nerodia taxispilota in this area. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia floridana, 15 March 2019

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (15 March 2019). Assuming the position of Fate Temptation; the Florida green watersnake often hits pavement after a little evening rain. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia floridana, 15 March 2019

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (15 March 2019). One of my favorite features on the Florida green watersnake are those sub-ocular scales, the little ring of scales beneath each eye.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia floridana, 15 March 2019

Nerodia floridana, the Florida green watersnake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (15 March 2019). A semi-reddish Florida green watersnake in the Florida Everglades. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). Portrait of a red-phase Mangrove salt marsh snake.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). Mid-torso, lateral scaling and keeling.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 04 August 2017

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Monroe county, Florida (04 August 2017). I don’t get enough time with these cats. This is a Mangrove salt marsh snake photographed in the thick (and thin) of the Florida Keys.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 05 December 2011

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Columbia county, Florida (05 December 2011). Slightly tilted facial profile of a shiny Brown watersnake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 05 December 2011

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Columbia county, Florida (05 December 2011). A fairly tight macro shot of a Brown watersnake eye. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 05 December 2011

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Columbia county, Florida (05 December 2011). Because why not? Here’s the ventral pattern of a Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota. Nerodia have the coolest ventral patterns. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 6/7 – A u-coil dorsal view of this Brown watersnake. Again, all signs of infection seemed entirely limited to the head region of the snake. I found no signs of infection anywhere else…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 5/7 – Like the earlier infected Brown watersnake I’d seen at this location prior, there were no significant signs of infection mid-body. This one, however, was incredibly robust and thick. I suspect this…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 4/7 – Dorsal view of the Brown watersnake’s head. The infection was not overwhelmingly apparent at first glance, though the blown eye most certainly was. For the most part, this was still a very-active, agile, and strong watersnake….

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 3/7 – While the right side of the head had more infectious splotches, so to speak, the left side was clearer with the exception of the eye — which had been rendered utterly useless. Despite…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 2/7 – Right side profile shot of this infected Brown watersnake. Not the splotches of infection before and behind the eye. Interestingly, this Brown watersnake’s right pupil also appeared a bit misshapen? Could just be an unrelated…

Nerodia taxispilota, 07 May 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). 1/7 – The first of several posts/photos of an interesting Brown watersnake I found in the Volusia interior. This particular spot sports a hefty population of Brown watersnakes and Florida cottonmouths. This is…

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…

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…

Nerodia taxispilota, 30 April 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020) A common misconception is that “arrow-shaped” or “triangular” heads signify pit-vipers. Not necessarily true. Many non-venomous Nerodia watersnakes can and will flex their jaws out to appear more threatening. It’s an excellent defensive…

Nerodia taxispilota, 30 April 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020) Macro shot of lateral-dorsal keels on the Brown watersnake’s scales. Fantastic pattern! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 30 April 2020

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020) This was a fairly massive Brown watersnake, presumably gravid given her general girth. I found her resting about five feet off the ground in a palm overhanging a dark water creek. Brown watersnakes do indeed love…

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 07 March 2008

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (07 March 2008). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 07 March 2008

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake; Miami-Dade county, Florida (07 March 2008). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.