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Water Snake Mississippi Green

Water Snake Mississippi Green
Species Name:
Nerodia cyclopion
Not venomous

Common Name:
Water Snake Mississippi Green

Species Name:
Nerodia cyclopion


KSNPC status is: Endangered


Adults can reach 6' in length. Very stout bodied and a close examination will reveal about 50 dim, black crossbars giving rise to a "salt & pepper" look. Back is olive, green or brownish. Belly is yellowish or white.


Found only in far western Kentucky near swamps, wetlands, and other aquatic habitats. Eats fish and frogs.

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