Salt Marsh Bandeds, Part II (09 May 2020)

Part II:
The Second Salt Marsh Banded, the Second Miss

Though I was a bit bummed I didn’t get my hands on that first Nerodia, I was at least thrilled to have gotten a modicum of a clear reference shot. And then? Bam! I spotted a second Nerodia situated just like the first — right on the edge of a densely foliaged salt marsh stand. Oh, man, that was a moment of elation. Another one!

Unfortunately, however, I didn’t have a shot at catching this second one either. After I snagged my reference shot (featured here), I tried to slink the kayak softly along the edge of the stand. Like its predecessor, the second Nerodia quickly anticipated my game and swiftly dodged back into the thick. This was the best shot I managed to snag of the second Nerodia. Again, this individual appears to be more Nerodia fasciata than Nerodia clarkii, but the angle isn’t quite optimal. Fortunately, the day wasn’t done yet. 


Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020).
Learn more about this species at

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