Diamondback Watersnake

Nerodia rhombifer

Summary 7

Nerodia rhombifer, commonly known as the diamondback water snake, is a species of nonvenomous natricine colubrid endemic to the central United States and northern Mexico. There are three recognized subspecies of N. rhombifer, including the nominotypical subspecies.

Taxon biology 8

The diamondback water snake is part of a family of 10 water snakes. These snakes have flattened heads and ridged scales. They live in or near water and eat fish and amphibians. The diamondback water snake has a diamond-shaped pattern on its back. To hunt, it dangles from branches. Then it dips its head into the water to catch its prey.

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