Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 30 April 2020

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (30 April 2020).

A second shot of a most-lovely Florida banded watersnake slinking about the dark waters of interior Volusia county, Florida. Note how the snake floats a bit on the surface of the water. Some folks faultily believe that watersnakes swim under the water while cottonmouths and rattlesnakes float atop the water. As you can see here, that is not necessarily the case. Non-venomous watersnakes can swim below the water and also float. So too can cottonmouths and rattlesnakes. 

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