Diamondback Water Snake

Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer
(Hallowell 1852)
Mingo Swamp, Wayne Co. Missouri. May 12, 1983.

Mingo Swamp in southeastern Missouri is a very good place to observe water snakes. I saw a number of diamondbacks there, almost always basking on half-submerged logs. In later years I encountered them in south Texas as they basked in the willows overhanging the Rio Grande. The top photo is a rhombifer from Mingo, and the close-up photo was taken in central Kansas.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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