The cloudy eyes and dull colors are signs this water snake will soon be shedding its skin (ecdysis).
This snake was found in thick grass and weeds near the side of a stream. It is colored various shades of brown, like the colors of mud and soil. It is a relatively long snake, just longer than arm's length.
Disturbed on trail near water. Slipped down steep bank into waterside vegetation.
Found in wetland habitat near picnic area.
This snake was sunning itself. It appeared thick in the body aside from its head and tip of tail. I think it had just eaten or eaten recently.
- top: dull green brown
- underbelly: black, tan, and brown green scales
- head: shinny green brown
- eyes: black
- Length: about 1.5 ft
- Body width: 1.3 cm at area behind head, tapers
Found in a rocky area where two creeks met. Right on the edge of the water but basking in the sun. It was a female. Very pungent smell.
The northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) is a species of large, nonvenomous, common snake in the Colubridae family that is native to North America.