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NORTHERN WATER SNAKE
Nerodia sipedon sipedon

 

The northern water snake, although
sometimes temperamental, is
non-venomous.
The northern water snake will quickly flee
into water when threatened.

 


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HAT TO LOOK FOR

  • Length: 61-106 cm;
  • Colour: well patterned individuals have reddish brown squarish blotches down the back with row of alternating blotches along each side. At the front of the body, some blotches extend as saddles over the back and onto the sides. Patterns on older individuals may be
    obscured and appear black or brown;
  • Underbelly Colour: belly cream with irregular rows of reddish half moon crescents;
  • Head: oval head;
  • Eyes: rounded pupils;
  • Scales: keeled; anal scale divided;
  • Tail: pointed;
  • Reproduction: gives birth to live young;
  • Young: usually more brightly patterned than the adults;
  • Habitat: in or near water areas such as ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and ditches;

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