Types of Florida water snakes

Banded Water Snake: The banded water snake also known as the Nerodia Fasciata Fasciata is one of the types of snakes that you rarely see. In the southern area of North America is mostly where these snakes are found. Over time, they have adopted many scientific names such as Natrix Sipedon Fasciata, Tropidonotous Fasciatus, and Coluber Fasciatus. These snakes can grow up to over 40 inches long and they appear as reddish brown or deep brown. Their bellies are yellow in color with red or black spots that are bright enough to be noticed. However, their skin may become darker with age. These snakes often have cross bands on their backs and sides. Some of them are wider while others are narrower. They are keeled, heavy bodied and often lose their banding as they age.

Brown Water Snakes are semi-aquatic in nature and have a number of different names including water pilot, great water snake, false moccasin, aspic, pied water snake, water rattler, water rattle and southern water snake to name a few. Their scientific name is Nerodia Tqaxispilota. The body of the Brown Water Snake is quite bulky. The neck is thin as compared to the head. It is brown or rusty brown in color and has around 25 dark colored square blotches on its back. These sports are present on the side of the belly as well and also run from the eyes to the jaw. The belly color varies from brown to yellow with the presence of black crescents and brown splotches. They measure 30 to 60 inches in length while the longest one ever recorded stood at 70 inches. Males are smaller and lighter as compared to females. Eyes and nostrils are placed on top of the head in such a way that it is able to see and breathe by bringing just a little portion of the head above water level while rest of the body stay submerged. The thin neck and broad face structure gives them a diamond-headed appearance. About 25 to 33 rows of dorsal scales are present in the middle part of the body.

Cottonmouth: Cottonmouth snakes, otherwise known as water moccasins, are a medium sized snake, often growing to be four feet in length, and I've even seen up to five feet. They are generally a dark shade of brown or a dull black and will occasionally have lighter banding visible on their sides. The younger snakes have lighter color and more distinct patterns. The body of this snake is considered to be bulky with a distinct neck going into a relatively large, triangular head. The tail also tapers off quickly at the end of the body, from fat to thin. Like most pit vipers, the cottonmouth has pupils which are shaped like slits. This snake is considered very venomous, producing a toxin which prohibits the ability of the blood to clot while destroying tissue on a cellular level. Any area that comes in contact with water moccasin venom will begin to hemorrhage, giving the name "cytotoxic" to this type of poison.

Florida is one of the largest states in the country, not only in terms of size but also in population. Tens of millions of Americans live in this sunny state, as it is appealing to people of all generations. The warm climate and numerous beaches make it a great vacation spot as well as a great place to live.

Of course, people are not the only creatures that live in Florida. The state is the home to many different reptiles, including 50 different species of snakes. Because of the marshlands, warm temperatures, and swampy areas, Florida makes for the ideal location for snakes to reside. They need warmer weather to maintain body temperature, and find that the large number of insects and small animals makes this the perfect location to find various forms of food.

While there are 50 different kinds of snakes in the state, 44 of those species are absolutely harmless to human beings. They eat such things as insects, rodents, and other small animals, but do not pose any kind of a risk to human beings because they don’t contain any kind of venom.

At least, they don’t pose a serious risk to human beings. These snakes can still have such things as bacteria that is in their scales or in their mouth. When bitten, a human being is still susceptible to the effects the bacteria may have on them, which means that all persons need to be treated should they be bitten by a snake, regardless of if it is venomous or not.

Examples of non-venomous snakes that you would find in Florida include such things as the rattlesnake, the striped crayfish snake, the Queen snake, and the rainbow snake. A form of snake that is found along the marsh areas is the salt marsh snake, and along the eastern shoreline it is quite common to see the eastern ribbon snake. The common garter snake is also found in great abundance in the state.

While these snakes pose a very limited threat to you and your family, the reality is that there are six very deadly forms of snakes that live in Florida. These venomous snakes are dangerous, and have been known to bite human beings and pets, causing illness and even death.

There are three different forms of rattlesnakes that are found in the state of Florida. These include the eastern diamondback, the timber rattlesnake, and the dusky pick me rattlesnake. All of these have very dark complexions with stripes and dots of white and gray areas along the body, which make it very difficult to see in the brush or terrain area. Some have even found when standing in a rocky area that the snakes blended in so well that they were barely visible. That means that they pose quite a danger because they may not be recognized by you and tell they are on top of you.

There is one copperhead snake in Florida, the southern copperhead, which is often found in the highland areas of the state. The eastern coral snake is also found here, and is distinguished by a large yellow band that goes around the body and is positioned just beyond the eyes of the snake.

One snake that poses a considerable risk is the cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin. Because Florida has a large number of swamps and marshland, these snakes can be found in great abundance, meaning that you could be at risk each time you go in the water. Before entering the water in areas like this, it is smart to look and see if the cottonmouth is known to live there.

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