Common Watersnake

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Common Watersnake Basking on Lily Pads

Along with our resident garter snake, a young Common Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon) was spotted in the main pond of the Native Habitat Garden. While this one is still small enough to bask on the lily pads, these snakes can grow up to 4 feet long. They may look similar to the infamous copperheads of Pennsylvania's rock faces, but common watersnakes are nonvenomous and rarely stray from the freshwater habitats they occupy. Their diet is made up of mainly fish and amphibians. 

Photo by Tammy Jandrasitz.