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A non-venomous snake, the brown water snake (nerodia taxispilota) is often mistaken for the venemous water mocassion. You can find them in the southeastern United States, from southeastern Alabama, northeast to southern Virginia and back down to all of Florida but the Florida Keys.
The eastern rat snake (pantherophis alleghaniensis), aka chciken snake or yellow rat snake, is a large, non-venomous constrictor up to eight feet in length although usually four to six feet long. It is found in the northern hemisphere of the new world, mainly in the United States with the main concentration on the coast of Georgia.
The banded water snake (nerodia fasciata fasciata) can be found in the southeastern United States from southwest Alabama to North Carolina. Look for it in almost all freshwater habitats from ponds and lakes, to streams, rivers and swamps.