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Water Snake Copperbelly

Water Snake Copperbelly
Species Name:
Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta
Not venomous

Common Name:
Water Snake Copperbelly

Species Name:
Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta

Non-Venomous

KSNPC status is: Special Concern

Appearance:

Moderately stout bodied with adults reaching 4' in length. The red belly is a dead give away. This is the same species as the yellowbelly watersnake but their ranges do not overlap.

Notes:

Eats fish, frogs, toads, and tadpoles. Found in wooded swamps, river bottoms, and other wetland habitats. Like most water snakes it has a nasty disposition and will bite if handled.

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