Broad-banded Watersnake Pictures
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Scroll down for the 2008 Pictures.  The first two pictures are from 2004.

 


Broad-banded Water Snake, genus Nerodia

 

I previously thought this was a Lindheimer, common name = Texas Rat snake, but several people wrote to correct me.   Josh P Says: " It looks like a couple of your snake pictures are actually Nerodia fasciata (Broad-banded water snake) instead of Elaphe obsoleta lindeimeri (Texas rat snake). .. Just thought you should know." .  Mike says: I would have to agree with Josh P that snake is definitely a Broad-banded Water Snake.  Notice the large upper lip scales. Also how much the keeled scales go down on the side of the body. Also the snake is a fairly large specimen, notice how thick it is. For a Texas rat snake to be that thick, it would have to be a 6 feet long specimen. Their climb trees quite a bit. The Broad-banded water snake in that picture is about 2.5 to 3 feet long. None the less, still an awesome find.  Details for above:  1/24/2004 near the Shadowbend Marshland Experience.  Got pretty close to him with the 80-200mm zoom, used center-weighted meter & flash on program with the D100, 1/60sec at f5.6

 

 

 Broad-banded Water Snake, entire snake

Same details as above.

 

Below: March 29,2008:  I noticed the flowers were blooming at the "Shadowbend Marshland Experience," a pond and wetlands area near my house, while I was doing my walk this morning. I also saw a snake, so I had to grab the camera gear and return.

 


3 Broad-banded Water Snake, Mating Behavior

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Back to the Water

 

2 Broad-banded Water Snakes Swimming

 

The two snakes swimming and mating behavior pictures shot with the Nikon 18-200mm zoom.  The swimming pictures below used the Nikon 300mm F4 ED lens.

 


Watersnake Swimming Close-up

 

 


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Snake talk 1: John K. notes that the Lindheimer is ...excellent at keeping rodent populations in check. Not a great temperament though. Will bite, though not dangerous, but mostly will crap on you something fierce!

Snake talk 2 from DB:  People here in Texas tend to think that almost every snake is a copperhead. Remember, poisonous snakes have PITS - they are pit vipers - except for the coral snake. Their heads are also usually shaped much more like an arrowhead, angular.