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Water Snake Broad-banded

Water Snake Broad-banded
Species Name:
Nerodia fasciata
Not venomous

Common Name:
Water Snake Broad-banded

Species Name:
Nerodia fasciata


KSNPC status is: Endangered


Like most watit is stout bodied. Adults er snakes range to 3' in length. Look for dark, often black-bordered crossbands, squarish spots on side of the belly, and a dark stripe from the eye to the angle of the jaw. Base coloration can vary from tan to reddish brown.


Only found in far western Kentucky near aquatic habitats. Eats fish, frogs, tadpoles, salamanders. Usually bites if threatened or handled.

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