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Northern Water Snake


Northern Water Snake

Nerodia sipedon sipedon

This Northern Water Snake is reflected by the underwater surface. Water snakes can get confused with Cottonmouths. They can look alike. The Cottonmouth moves away more slowly and will hold its mouth open ready to bite. You find a deep pit between the eyes of a Cottonmouth. You won't with the non-venomous water snakes.

Size: 24"-42". Young are 7.5" - 10.75" at birth.
•No pit between eyes.
•Dark reddish bands and blotches.
•Dorsal (back) scales have keels(ridges).
•Narrow bands on both jaws.

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