Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 16 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Nassau county (16 April 2016).

Full body, dorsal view of a Northeast Florida banded watersnake. I see this pattern mostly in south Georgia and north Florida, though I do also find it from time to time in central Florida (Lake and Volusia counties).

Note: Nassau county (in extreme northeast Florida) is close to the zone of intergradation between the Florida subspecies (N. f. pictiventris) and the Southern subspecies (N. f. fasciata). I generally consider bandeds in northeast Florida to be N. f. pictiventris, but these populations are quite likely intergrades in one capacity or another. Personally, I don’t much too much stock into subspecies differentiation. It is what it is.

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