Northern water snake
It had consumed a turtle hatchling (presumably)
30 Sep 2013.
Middle Run Natural Area, New Castle Co, DE.
Powell county, KY
A muddy watersnake, this was my first encounter with a snake that had emerged from its hibernaculum. I didn't even realize it was just dirty, I thought it was a completely different species until it was pointed out to me that most snakes looks like this when they emerge from overwintering. Crazy!
The northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) is a species of large, nonvenomous, common snake in the Colubridae family that is native to North America.