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Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)  Animal,Brown water snake,Colubridae,Florida,Geotagged,Lake Apopka,Nature,Nerodia,Nerodia taxispilota,Oakland Nature Preserve,Orlando,Reptile,Scaled Reptile,Serpentes,Snake,Spring,Squamata,United States,United States of America,Vertebrate Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. A bulky one! What's the story behind this one, Joe? Posted 6 months ago
    1. **Edit: Snake was incorrectly identified at the time this comment was written. Brown water snakes are not venomous.**
      Cottonmouths naturally have fairly heavy looking bodies, but this one was looked heavy even for a cottonmouth. I wouldn't be surprised if it had recently eaten.
      This one was quite close, probably a meter and a half from the boardwalk (definitely closer than I would have wanted to be from a venomous snake if it weren't for the fencing and the fact that the boardwalk was elevated high enough above where the snake was resting).
      There were five cottonmouths in the area when I took this shot - two right behind this one (but much more hidden), and two resting on a fallen branch about 5 meters away from the overlook at the end of the boardwalk. I'll upload shots of the other ones soon.
      Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
      1. One of the two behind this one:
        Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)  Animal,Brown water snake,Colubridae,Florida,Geotagged,Lake Apopka,Nature,Nerodia,Nerodia taxispilota,Oakland Nature Preserve,Orlando,Reptile,Scaled Reptile,Serpentes,Snake,Spring,Squamata,United States,United States of America,Vertebrate


        The two at the end of the boardwalk:
        Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)  Animal,Brown water snake,Colubridae,Florida,Geotagged,Lake Apopka,Nature,Nerodia,Nerodia taxispilota,Oakland Nature Preserve,Orlando,Reptile,Scaled Reptile,Serpentes,Snake,Spring,Squamata,United States,United States of America,Vertebrate
        Posted 6 months ago
      2. Thank you for all the info, Joe. I was wondering if it was in the wild or in a zoo or park. Posted 6 months ago
        1. They're all wild snakes, in a nature preserve. Posted 6 months ago
  2. Thanks TristanV for noticing and correcting my error in originally identifying these guys as Cottonmouths. Turns out the "vertical pupil" in the shot I was using most of the time when identifying them was just some glare obscuring what is very obviously a round pupil in all the other shots where the pupil is visible, and the "pit" is just a shadow in an indentation on the snakes' faces (and higher than an actual pit would be now that I look closer at actual photos of cottonmouths). Posted 6 months ago
    1. Brown water snake is still a spectacular species too! Posted 6 months ago

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The brown water snake is a large species of nonvenomous natricine snake endemic to the southeastern United States. ''Lycodonomorphus rufulus'' is sometimes also called the brown water snake, but ''L. rufulus'' is found in South Africa.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by TristanV
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Uploaded May 28, 2018. Captured May 26, 2018 14:59 in 10 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34787, USA.
  • ILCE-6300
  • f/5.6
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO6400
  • 300mm