Common Water Snake - Genus: Nerodia
Common Water Snakes include many different species of harmless, non-venomous water snakes. Three of these Common Water Snakes are the Northern Water Snake, Midland Water Snake and Banded Water Snake. Due to their thick body and head that can often appear triangular in shape, these harmless snakes are very often mistaken for cottonmouths or copperheads. Since they’re non-venomous, their mouths are absent of fangs. However, they do possess large teeth that enable them to easily grasp their primary prey of fish and amphibians. Common Water Snakes are a protected species. This means that it’s illegal to harm them and possessing one is prohibited.
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