The Banded Water Snake: Appearance, biology, life cycle, habitat, diet, behavior

The Banded Water Snake is also known as Nerodia Fasciata. The first thing that we have to say about this snake is that this snake is an extremely rare find. You will rarely find the banded water snake. The banded water snake can grow up to be approximately 40 inches long. They are reddish brown to deep brown in color. The bellies of these snakes are yellow in color. On their yellow bellies the banded water snakes have black and red spots. Banded water snakes are heavy bodied, lose their banding with age, and they are keeled animals.

Banded water snakes don’t prey on other snakes which means that you can find them living a solitary life or living in groups of other snakes. The band water snake is usually found living in areas that contain freshwater, such as lakes, streams, rivers, ponds, and marshes. You can only find the banded water snake in the south part of the United States. Although these snakes are native to freshwater areas of the southern part of the USA, you can sometimes find them on land. The banded water snake enjoys being in captivity so some people have this snake type as a pet. Although the banded water snake is common in Florida, it is not protected by the Floridian law.

The very disposition of the banded water snake is nasty. However, it is quite easy to take care of a banded water snake and you can take one home if you find one in the wilderness. Just like other snakes, the red banded snake will become aggressive if they start to feel threatened. When threatened, banded water snakes will rarely bite but they will instead release a musky scent that smells bad. These snakes can be taught to live among other animals and humans. We don’t recommend you to pick up banded water snakes from the ground if you find them because they might get overly aggressive. Banded water snakes are active during the day and night. However, they are more active at night.

Banded water snakes aren’t too picky when it comes to food. These animals are big time fans of rodents and rodents are their favorite meal. It is important to mention that banded water snakes can live without food for several days.

Banded water snakes give birth to their young at the end of the summer. They usually deliver twenty to thirty babies. The Banded Water Snake: Appearance, biology, life cycle, habitat, diet, behavior

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