PLAIN BELLIED WATER SNAKE

Nerodia erythrogaster

 

Are found from southeastern Virginia through western North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, with the exception of the northwest corner, northern Florida and southeastern Alabama with disjunct populations in Maryland and Delaware.

 

Plain-bellied water snakes are semi-aquatic snakes, using both terrestrial and freshwater aquatic habitats, terrestrial habitats used include forests, grasslands, and scrublands.

Plain-bellied water snakes are believed travel farther from water and use a greater variety of cover types than most other water snakes. Individuals have been found several hundred meters from the nearest water source.

 

Nerodia e. erythrogaster is a uniform shade of brown dorsally that can be tinted with red, gray or green. The belly ranges from orange to pink.

Average length of adults is 76cm in males with females growing to a larger size  around 100cm.