Tuesday, May 8, 2012
the hissings of summer lawns
I seem to be running into a lot of snakes these days. That should not be a surprise to me. Anyone who spends time along natural shorelines in the south is very likely to be in the neighborhood of a snake or two.
I posted a photograph I shot of a snake on my last walkabout. I was asked by a few people if it was a water moccasin. I knew that it was not a moccasin, but I was incorrect in thinking it was a northern water snake.
Out on a boat this morning on Back Bay I saw a few more snakes. Fortunately, I was with some wildlife biologists who were both thrilled to see the snakes and happy to identify them for me. At the top is a banded water snake. This is, I now believe, the same type of snake I photographed on the walkabout.
And above is a northern water snake, which is often mistaken for a water moccasin because of similar coloration. Moccasins, which we had fleeting glimpses of today but not enough time to photograph, have a triangular "viper" head and a much thicker body.
Both the northern water snake and the banded water snake are non-poisonous. But that doesn't mean they won't bite you.
This last one is the banded water snake, the same one in the very top photograph.
I have never had a problem with snakes. But when I am walking along or near natural shorelines, I do watch where I step.