Redbelly Water Snake

Nerodia erythrogaster ‘erythrogaster’
(Forster, 1771)
Jasper Co., South Carolina. May 26, 1998.

On hot humid nights down in the lowlands along the Savannah river, these snakes may be the most common species found crossing the roads, which is how I found this species. Wandering away from water in humid conditions is a documented behavior for these snakes.

Note: The long-standing subspecies for the plain-bellied water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster) have been sunk, making this a life-list artifact that I chose to retain for historical purposes.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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