Florida Watersnake & Banded Watersnake

Florida Watersnake          
Nerodia fasciata pictiventris    
      

Banded Watersnake
Nerodia fasciata fasciata
           

Average size:  24-42 inches; Record 62.5 inches.  Young are 7.5-10.5 

inches at birth.

Range:  Throughout Florida.  

Diet:  Live or dead fish, frogs, and aquatic invertebrates.

Status:  Common

Can be found in nearly all freshwater habitats, preferring the shallow waters of swamps, marshes, ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers.  This snake is often mistaken for the venomous Water Moccasin (Eastern Cottonmouth)

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