Saw this ambitious little fellow trying to swallow a small fish (crappie?) much wider than his own mouth. It did not much care to be filmed too closely! These are clips from a movie.
Midland Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon pleuralis)
Size - approx. 12-15"
Shallows of a lake within the woods.
Species-diverse Hardwood Bottomland Forest,
5mi east of the Mississippi river in southwestern-most Tennessee
I spooked a bullfrog almost right into this watersnake's mouth. I hadn't seen it before the snake lunged at a bullfrog that was trying to get out of my way. Interestingly, I saw a lot of frogs jump into the water and jump immediately in the opposite direction back onto land. I wonder if they can sense/smell snakes in the water??
Found this in the local creek.
for road kill proj
The northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) is a species of large, nonvenomous, common snake in the Colubridae family that is native to North America.