Florida green water snake

The Florida green water snake is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Florida green water snake (Nerodia floridana) has a heavy body that grows to four feet long. The Florida green water snake swims in the water and dives for crayfish, fish, frogs and other amphibians. It is found in swamps, marshes, ponds, and ditches. More

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Adult Florida green water snake in a shallow lake. Florida green watersnake: Left to right: Top of the head; underside of the head (chin and throat). More

Like many other watersnakes, the Florida green water snake is commonly mistaken for the venomous cottonmouth. More

The Florida Green Water Snake is the most similar and closely related species. The ranges of the two species appear to be nearly allopatric (non-overlaping). More

Florida Green Water Snake is light and unmarked. Agkistrodon piscivorus The Cottonmouth has a triangular head and opens its white mouth in a distinctive threat display when disturbed. More

The Florida Green Water Snake can be distinguished from other large watersnake species in South Carolina by the ring of small scales which surround the eye. More

Florida Green Water Snake Nerodia floridana Locally Common This large water snake prefers open marshy habitats and feeds primarily on amphibians. It occurs in heavily vegetated canals, ditches, and lake edges on the ridge, but is most common in the wet pasture areas on either side. More

The Florida green water snake is a common, harmless snake that can be found in weedy marshes and grasses around ponds and along canals, sometimes basking in the vegetation. If threatened or harassed, the green water snake may bite and emit an unpleasant smell. More

The Florida Green Water Snake is from the order Squamata. Species from this order are amphisbaenians, lizards or snakes. There are over 6,000 living species belonging to the squamata order - it is the largest order of all reptiles. More

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florida green water snake in English - English

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Order : Squamata
Family : Colubridae
Genus : Nerodia
Species : Nerodia floridana
Authority : GOFF 1936