Nerodia fasciata Southern Watersnake
Some other names for this species:
Banded Watersnake
Subspecies I've seen:
N. f. confluens
Broad Banded Watersnake
N. f. fasciata
Banded Watersnake
N. f. pictiventris
Florida Watersnake
Nerodia fasciata confluens Broad Banded Watersnake
Sam Houston Jones State Park, Calcasieu Parish, LouisianaApril 7, 2010
Broad Banded Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata confluens)
Louisiana has a lot of swamps, ponds, and bayous, which are home to a lot of water snakes. Our brief visit corresponded with unseasonably cool weather, and I only managed to see this one snake in a couple of days.
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park, Monroe County, ArkansasApril 18, 2011
Broad Banded Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata confluens)
This park has a decent-sized boardwalk across a beautiful swamp that on a good herping day is no doubt crawling with watersnakes of all shapes and sizes. This day wasn't a great herping day, but we did see this one cute little guy patiently awaiting the day its skin would finish shedding.
Nerodia fasciata fasciata Banded Watersnake
Lillian, Baldwin County, AlabamaApril 5, 2010
Banded Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata)
Our dog Tina found this snake as we took her and the rest of our canine clan around a KOA campground for a twilight walk. Tina wasn't sure whether or not it was something to worry about (she is a worrier), but I recognized it as a non-venomous water snake and got a couple of terrible photos before it slithered back into its hiding place in a little clump of vegetation.
St. George Island State Park, Franklin County, FloridaApril 8, 2011
Banded Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata)
This is a terrible picture of an impressive but quite shy snake. There's a big snake in this photo, I swear.
Nerodia fasciata pictiventris Florida Watersnake
Turner River Canoe Trail, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County, FloridaMarch 20, 2004
Florida Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) Florida Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris)
My first two Florida Watersnakes were this pair, basking in branches a foot or two above an eddy in Turner River. My wife and I were in our inflatable kayak, and the snakes were good sports to stay put while we tried to maneuver the kayak near enough and steady enough for halfway decent handheld shots.
Corkscrew Swamp Wildlife Sanctuary, Collier County, FloridaApril 11, 2004
Florida Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) Florida Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) Florida Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris)
Florida Watersnakes are plentiful at Corkscrew Swamp; I saw five on this day. The very young ones have prominent banding, as in the first photo here. When they get older the markings fade and the adults often appear nearly patternless.
Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaDecember 29, 2008
Florida Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris)
The popular Anhinga Trail looks like the perfect place for watersnakes, and it has signs mentioning watersnakes, but I had looked there in vain for snakes many times in the past. At long last I saw a young snake hunting in the water, but it disappointed me by slipping out of sight before I could get a photo. Twenty minutes later I returned to the same spot and found that my snake friend had taken a break from fish hunting to bask in the reeds at the water's edge.
Loop Road, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County, FloridaMarch 9, 2013
Florida Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris)
I watched this young 'un swim around slowly for about ten minutes in one of the larger ponds along the side of Loop Road.
Main Park Road, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 18, 2013
Florida Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris)
These snakes are easy to find crossing the road on warm Florida nights.
Main Park Road, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 23, 2013
Florida Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris)
This was a particularly large and dark individual enjoying the warmth of the road.
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