Nerodia floridana Florida Green Watersnake
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Florida Green Water Snake
Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County, FloridaMarch 14, 2010
Florida Green Watersnake (Nerodia floridana)
This is a large, ill-tempered, and dull-colored species of water snake. On cool mornings like this one, they often spend their time basking in bushes a few feet above water. If they get spooked, they drop into the water to make their escape. I took this photo looking straight down from a roadside viewing platform.
Loop Road, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County, FloridaMarch 9, 2013
Florida Green Watersnake (Nerodia floridana)
The Florida Green Watersnake is not particularly green; most individuals have just a hint of greenish tint.
Main Park Road, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 12, 2013
Florida Green Watersnake (Nerodia floridana)
This small Florida Green Watersnake was crossing the road at night. When it saw me trying to take photos, it raised its head up in a vaguely cobra-like fashion and tried to look tough. It probably is, in fact, tough.
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