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Northern Water Snake - Nerodia sipedon This snake was so sweet and friendly, which I find to be pretty normal for this species. I spotted it basking in the sun on the side of a pond. I sat in the grass near it until it got comfortable enough with me to slither closer so it could check me out, thus enabling me to get this shot.<br />
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Its dorsum was strongly keeled and was a dark grayish color. It had a pattern of reddish brown bands on its venter.<br />
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This snake is currently secure in Connecticut, but many are killed each year as they are mistaken for venomous snakes.<br />
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Northern Water Snake - Nerodia sipedon

This snake was so sweet and friendly, which I find to be pretty normal for this species. I spotted it basking in the sun on the side of a pond. I sat in the grass near it until it got comfortable enough with me to slither closer so it could check me out, thus enabling me to get this shot.

Its dorsum was strongly keeled and was a dark grayish color. It had a pattern of reddish brown bands on its venter.

This snake is currently secure in Connecticut, but many are killed each year as they are mistaken for venomous snakes.

    comments (2)

  1. How very beautiful! N. sipedon became a favourite of mine since encountering several in Pennsylvania. Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Ruth! They are very gentle snakes :) Posted one year 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 Sep 11, 2018. Captured Jul 19, 2018 09:29 in Main, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/512s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm