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Grand Bay WMA, Georgia (Google, OSM)
30.9332297597, -83.1970805233
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This is a young southern banded watersnake, Nerodia fasciata fasciata, basking in Grand Bay WMA just east of Valdosta, Georgia. Having said that, there's a good chance this snake (and all the other bandeds at Grand Bay) have hybridized with the Florida banded watersnake, Nerodia fasciata pictiventris. According to range maps, this is the domain of the southern subspecies; however, on at least one individual, I counted ventral scales that parred with the pictiventris subspecies and not the fasciata subspecies. In other words, they "look" like southern bandeds to me, but I suspect if one were to genetically comb this population they'd find a mix of the two subspecies (along with some individuals from each).

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Southern Banded Water Snake - Photo (c) jansonjones, all rights reserved, uploaded by Janson Jones
jansonjones's ID: Southern Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata ssp. fasciata)
Posted by jansonjones over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Banded Water Snake - Photo (c) jansonjones, all rights reserved, uploaded by Janson Jones
gakayaker's ID: Southern Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata ssp. fasciata)
Posted by gakayaker over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Banded Water Snake - Photo (c) jansonjones, all rights reserved, uploaded by Janson Jones
jansonjones's ID: Southern Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata ssp. fasciata)
Southern Banded Water Snake - Photo (c) jansonjones, all rights reserved, uploaded by Janson Jones
Community ID: Southern Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata ssp. fasciata)
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