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Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon) by MotherNature

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Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon) by 

These are common snakes found almost anywhere there is a sufficient amount of fresh water. They are nonvenomous, but if bothered they will bite. They can reach a length of over 4 feet, and they bear live young. People often mistake them for the venomous cottonmouth water moccasin or copperhead. As the snakes age, their coloring darkens and the patterns are less noticeable.


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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 2 years ago

    Very well spotted and captured

  • They are generally quite shy, but this one must have been dozing in the sun:>). Thanks for the nice comment and the fave, too!

    – MotherNature

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 1 year ago

    Aren’t snakes just fascinating creatures Mother Nature. This is a great capture of it on that cool old log. Super shot and an instant fave. :)

  • LOL – it was just doing it’s snake-thing and soaking up some sun. I was lucky to see it and be able to get a couple pics in. I agree; snakes are fascinating and lovely. Our basement is a dry stone wall so snakes come in to shed on the stones (We never wanted to seal the walls.) and we have enjoyed the company. My sister calls the rat snakes our genus loci (“spirit of the place”). Thank you for the great comment and for liking snakes:>)

    – MotherNature

  • And for the fave!!!

    – MotherNature

  • Keala
    Keala3 months ago

    Nice shot MotherNature! I like snakes! This is interesting!

  • Isn’t this a handsome snake! Thanks, Keala:>)

    – MotherNature

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureabout 1 month ago

    Thank you very much for making this one of your favorites, Nicklas81:>)

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