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Banded/Florida Water Snake

Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata)
Florida Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris)


Found in Nassau County, Fl


The Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata) and the Florida Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) is a medium sized thick bodied aquatic snake. Its typical color pattern is a black background with dark brown to red bands. This is more prevalent in juveniles while adult are more like to loose their pattern. There are two subspecies native to Georgia which are the Florida Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) and the Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata). Both look almost identical except the Florida Water Snake are usually redder. The average length for both subspecies is between 2ft to 3ft long. The max record for the Banded Water Snake is at 5ft while the max record for the Florida Water Snake is just over 5ft at 62 inches.



Both the Florida and Banded Water Snakes can be found in any aquatic habitat in their range which includes swamps, on the edges on ponds which they are found basking on tree over hanging, lakes, marshes, on edges of rivers and streams, even on a few barrier islands.



The Banded Water Snake mostly feeds on fish, frogs, and salamanders.


Abundance and Behavior:

The Banded Water Snake and the Florida water snakes are very common. The Banded Water Snake can be found in anywhere south of the Fall line that which is bordering Macon, Ga. The Florida water snake is found in only a few counties in the extreme southeastern portion of the state. They both are Diurnal (come out during the day) and Nocturnal (comes out at night). The can be found during warm summer night crossing roads especially after a rain storm. . They can be easily confused with the Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin (Agkistrodon piscivorus) because of several reasons. First off they are both heavy body snakes that live in the same habitats. Also when disturbed the water snake will make its head as triangular as possible, open its mouth, and strike repeatedly. Most of the time though they will try to get in the closest body of water and disappear under rocks and mud. If in a tree branch the water snake will dive immediately into the water and swim away.

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Need Help Identifing a Snake In your area? First though look through the photos of the snakes and if still have questions email me at and I will take a look at it. And most likely be able to get you a correct anwser. Also please do not send me pictures of snakes that have been choped up into pieces. This really distresses me and I have gotten several emails where there were people who showed me pictures of snakes that they killed and all have turned out to be non-venomous.


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Disclaimer!!! Please do not do anything you see me do on this website. Some of these animals are very dangerous and I understand the risk of working with them. The bite from some of these animals can easily kill me or do extreme harm. If you do want to get into venomous herpeculture please do as much research as possible about them before considering working with them. Also I would suggest getting proper training from professional before working with them too. I do not accept any responsibility for anyone elses actions.