Nerodia fasciata

A fairly heavy-bodied semi-aquatic snake. Being black, brown, with red crossbands (often bordered with black) across the back. Crossbands may be obscured as snake darkens with age, belly is light with squarish spots. Scales are keeled as in most water snakes. A dark stripe extends from the eye to the angle of the jaw.

Adults average from around 61-100cm.

Juveniles have very clear crossbands (usually black) on pale background.


Banded water snakes are found along the Coastal Plain of the US from southwest Alabama to North Carolina. Banded water snakes can be found in nearly all freshwater habitats, including ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, swamps, and marshes.

Banded water snakes are active both day and night.




The Florida sub species of N.fasciata seem to be lighter in colour and display more pattern being a prettier counterpart.

My Florida water snakes originate from Dixie County, Florida.