Northern Watersnake

NORTHERN

WATERSNAKE

NERODIA S. SIPEDON

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DESCRIPTION

As my name suggests, I am closely related to aquatic environments. It is near streams that you will find me most, as I am well camouflaged here with my dark body ranging from reddish to black. I'm pretty sedentary, my travels do not exceed 500 meters in distance.

Our breeding season extends from spring to early summer. As for the Common Garter Snake, it happens that many of us court the same female! We are ovoviviparous and at birth the babies measure between 14 and 24 cm.

We are considered rare in Québec. This is mainly due to the disappearance of our habitats and to the fact that many people try to kill us, mistakenly believing that we are dangerous!

Caracteristics

dimension

On average 1.1m

Habitat

Marshes, ponds, shores of rivers and lakes

Diet

Mainly fish, frogs, toads and tadpoles

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