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Northern Water Snake - Nerodia sipedon  Geotagged,Nerodia,Nerodia sipedon,Northern Water Snake,Northern water snake,Summer,United States,snake Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. I haven't seen this photo of yours before, Christine! How wonderful! You got so close! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Yes - there was a male and female in the grass. Unfortunately, there was also a pile of dead baby snakes nearby - I think they had been mowed over :( Posted 5 years ago
  2. From today's JungleDragon Facebook Post:
    "The Northern Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon) is a species of nonvenomous snake found throughout eastern and central North America. There are a total of four subspecies. In terms of appearance, it is a moderate to large snake (between 60-140 cm in length) with heavily keeled scales. It comes in a variety of complex patterns which include brown, black, and gray. It is frequently found in aquatic and semi-aquatic locations like ponds, rivers, wet meadows, creeks, wetlands, and lakes. Here, it plays an important role in balancing wetland ecosystems--preying on small animals like insects, fish, frogs, tadpoles, and salamanders.

    Known for its innate curiosity, it is not uncommon for it to approach humans in or near water--especially those who are participating in fishing activities! Despite this inquisitive nature, the Northern Watersnake will immediately flee to water when faced with confrontation on land. If unable to escape, it quickly becomes aggressive, flattening its body and attempting to bite its opponent. Moreover, it may release musk and feces (or even regurgitate its last meal) in order to further discourage possible predation.

    While the Northern Watersnake's conservation status is considered "secure," it still faces a multitude of threats. Not only is it confronted with predation by other snakes, snapping turtles, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and foxes, but it is also at great risk of habitat loss and degradation. Furthermore, it faces persecution and death by humans as it is commonly mistaken for venomous snakes like the Northern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) and the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)."
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks for the great post, Lisa <3 Posted 4 years ago
  3. Absolute precision! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks! These snakes don't scare easily, so I'm able to get pretty close to them. Posted one year ago
  4. Excellent picture! So clear and detailed, wonderful! Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks! This snake was on alert and I believe it was a parent to the snakes mentioned here:
      Dead Northern Water Snake - Nerodia sipedon Sorry for the disturbing photo, but this is an example of what can happen when people act out of fear. This is a dead, baby northern water snake - I found a whole pile of baby snake chunks that had been hacked up. They were piled in the middle of a grassy area next to a pond. The parents (at least, I assume they were the parents) were alive and lingering nearby.  These snakes nest in the area and I see them regularly.  Unfortunately, many people fear them and kill them out of fear that they are venomous. The snakes are inncocent, however. I think these babies had been either purposely mowed over or else chopped and piled up. A sad sight, indeed. Geotagged,Nerodia sipedon,Northern Water Snake,Summer,United States,baby snake,dead snake,nerodia,snake,water snake
      Posted 5 months ago
      1. My pleasure! Sad to see how ignorant people are… Posted 5 months ago

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The northern water snake is a species of large, nonvenomous, common snake in the family Colubridae. The species is native to North America.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Jan 4, 2018. Captured Sep 9, 2017 12:09 in 80 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/11.0
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 300mm