Northern Water Snake – 7/9/11
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 7/9/11
Observation Time: 3:45 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam
Common Name: Northern Water Snake
Scientific Name: Nerodia sipedon
Comments: Water snakes are not venomous, but they can be large (4 feet long or more, and as thick as a man’s wrist) and aggressive. This one was more interested in avoiding me than attacking me.
More Information: Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
The scales have ridges called “keels.”