REPTILES OF THE METRO AREA
METROPOLITAN  NATURALIST
REPTILES INDEX
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Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon)

The Northern Water Snake is very common in streams, lakes, and ponds. This snake eats small
fish and frogs. Often seen basking in the sun on logs or branches over the water.

This snake is sometimes mistaken for the poisonous Water Moccasin because it is found in or
near water. The
Water Moccasin is not found in our area, it is found in the South, from the Great
Dismal Swamp in Southeast Virginia to Florida.
A young Northern Water Snake. The bands across the back fade as the snake grows.
An adult Northern Water Snake (below) hunting for frogs and small fish.