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Water Snake Northern / Midland

Water Snake Northern / Midland
Species Name:
Nerodia sipedon sipedon
Not venomous

Common Name:
Water Snake Northern / Midland

Species Name:
Nerodia sipedon sipedon


KSNPC status is: Unlisted


Stout bodied snake Typical adults reach 4' in length and have dark brown crossbands on the neck and forepart of body. Coloration can vary but is lighter between the dark blotches.


Our most common water snake, often confused with the cottonmouth or water moccasin. Prefers permanent water and can be found around ponds, even in urban habitats. Eats fish, frogs, toads and salamanders. Nasty disposition and will strike and bite if harassed.

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