Brown water snake

Nerodia taxispilota

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.
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Appearance

The brown water snake is very heavy-bodied, and its neck is distinctly narrower than its head. Dorsally it is brown or rusty brown with a row of about 25 black or dark brown square blotches down its back. Smaller similar blotches alternate on the sides. Ventrally it is yellow heavily marked with black or dark brown. Dorsal scales are in 27-33 rows , and it has 2-4 anterior temporals . Adults measure 30-60 in. in total length; record 69 in. .
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Naming

Brown water snake, water-pilot, aspic, false moccasin, great water snake, pied water snake, southern water snake, water rattle.
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Habitat

''Nerodia taxispilota'' is found in swamps and streams and is often mistaken for a venomous snake.

Reproduction

''Nerodia taxispilota'' is ovoviviparous. Mating takes place in the spring on land or on tree branches. On average adult females are larger than adult males. The young are born alive, usually in August, in broods of 14-58, more commonly 30-40. The newborns are 7-10¾ in. long, with males longer than females, opposite of adults.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyColubridae
GenusNerodia
SpeciesN. taxispilota