Snakes

To make it easier to picture various types of snakes in the wild, browse the images below.

 

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.

Turned Up Nose

The water moccasin (agkistrodon piscivorus conanti), aka the Florida cottonmouth or cottonmouth moccasin, is a venomous snake found throughout the southeastern United States from Texas to North Carolina.This moccasin was found in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge in Levy County, Florida.

Look for them anywhere there is a wetland or waterway, from lakes and ponds, to river streams and swamps. Occasionaly they stray far from water.

Their diet consists mainly of fish, frogs, mice, rats and other small mammals.

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Water Moccasin

The water moccasin (agkistrodon piscivorus conanti), aka the Florida cottonmouth or cottonmouth moccasin, is a venemous snake found throughout the southeastern United States from Texas to North Carolina. This moccasin was found in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge in Levy County, Florida.

Look for them anywhere there is a wetland or waterway, from lakes and ponds, to river streams and swamps. Occasionaly they stray far from water.

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Snake In A Stump

A brown water snake suns itself in a sump beside the boardwalk in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Yellow Rat Snake

An eastern rat snake resting on a limb in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Nerodia Fasciata Fasciata

A young banded water snake basking in the sun in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Nerodia Taxispilota

A brown water snake soaking up the heat of the sun in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Eastern Rat Snake

This eastern rat snake was resting on a log in Tampa, Florida's John Sargent Park just above a water moccasin.

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Sunning Snake

This bandedwater snake was sunning on a log beside the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida's Morris Bridge Park.

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Black Rat Snake

This black rat snake was climbing a rhododendrun on the Abrams Falls Trail that goes from the Cades Cove Loop Road to Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Cottonmouth

This water moccasin was crossing a road in Florida's Withlacoochee National Forest just north of the Green Swamp, from one wetlands to another.

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Brown Water Snake

This brown water snake was basking at the base of a cypress tree stump on the banks of the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce lake Park.

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Prey Beware

A water banded snake weaves its way through the branches of a bush in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park on a February morning in search of prey.

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