As March commences, I'm starting to see more and more Nerodias. The southern banded watersnake, Nerodia fasciata fasciata, seems to be particularly well established in Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area just east of Valdosta. I've seen several out there this week, as well as a few on the VSU campus in Valdosta itself. This Grand Bay individual was the lightest I've seen so far. If the N. f. fasciata subspecies is as variable as the N. f. pictiventris to the south, I'm in for a whole new range of Nerodia patterns. Great species.
~ janson jones,
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