Nerodia clarkii Saltmarsh Watersnake
Some other names for this species:
Salt Marsh Water Snake
Subspecies I've seen:
N. c. compressicauda
Mangrove Saltmarsh Watersnake
Nerodia clarkii compressicauda Mangrove Saltmarsh Watersnake
Matheson Hammock Park, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, FloridaDecember 28, 2008
Mangrove Saltmarsh Watersnake (Nerodia clarkii compressicauda) Mangrove Saltmarsh Watersnake (Nerodia clarkii compressicauda)
I had heard that mangrove watersnakes were to be found in the mangroves along the edge of Matheson Hammock Park, but I hadn't been lucky enough to find one in several visits. Fortunately this park is easy walking distance from my mother-in-law's house, so I usually have an opportunity every year or so to look again. The end of December isn't the very best time to find snakes, but in South Florida almost any time of year will do.
Main Park Road, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 23, 2013
Mangrove Saltmarsh Watersnake (Nerodia clarkii compressicauda)
The laterally-compressed tail gives this snake its subspecific epithet "compressicauda".
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