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Diamondback Water Snake

Diamondback Water Snake
Species Name:
Nerodia rhombifera
Not venomous

Common Name:
Diamondback Water Snake

Species Name:
Nerodia rhombifera


KSNPC status is: Unlisted


Heavy, stout bodied. Look for row of light brown, diamond shaped spots on back that are outlined by a dark brown color. Pattern appears net or chain-like. adults reach 30 to 48".


Eats fish and frogs. Like other water snakes it can be aggressive and will bite if harassed.

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