Banded Water Snake Encounter

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One always has to be aware of the possibilities of snake encounters when living near the water in Florida. While water moccasin is the first thing most people think of when thinking of water snakes, you are far more likely to have encounter a Florida Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata)

Today this healthy specimen was floating quite relaxed near our dock, allowing me the opportunity to snap a few good pictures of it before it swam away unharmed.

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