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The Banded Water Snake

Biology
The banded water snake is also referred to as Nerodia Fasciata. These are snakes that are very rarely seen. The snakes have been able to adapt many scientific names such as the Cluner Fasciatus, Tropidonotous Fasciatus and Natrix Sipedon Fasciata.



Appearance
These snakes can actually grow to over 40 inches and their appearance is reddish brown or even deep brown. They have yellow nellies that have black or red spots which are so bright that you will easily notice them. With age, the skins of the snake may become much darker. These snakes also have some cross bands on the sides and the back. There are some that are wide while others are narrower. The snakes are heavy bodied and keeled and usually, the banding is lost as the snake age.

Habitat
The snakes are mostly found within the southern areas of North America. The snakes aren’t known doe feeding on others and so can be put in groups or with other kinds of snakes. These are snakes that enjoy living within freshwater areas like in the ponds, the streams, the rivers and the marshes. They can be found on the land at times or up in the tree branches. They aren’t very attractive as pets but they handle being in captivity quite well. The snakes are common in Florida but they aren’t protected as they should be.

Behavior
They have a rather nasty disposition but these snakes are rather easy to take care of if one really wanted to keep one as a pet,.. This is the kind of snake that runs off when they sense trouble but this is not always the case. They can bite and release a musk that is very irritating if they are cornered. Other than that, they can be able to live amongst the humans as well as animals. Do not try picking them up as they can strike. There are some water snakes that can eat food straight from your hands but this is one risk that one should never take. The snakes can be found at night and day and they are more active in the night times.

Diet
If you have a problem with rodents in your own property, this snake can be able to take care of the issue for you. The snake can be active at all times and so they don’t have to eat too much at the same time. They can go for days without food and the diet mainly consists of frogs, small fishes, salamanders, crawfish and tadpoles.

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