Nerodia erythrogaster ‘flavigaster’
Union Co., Illinois. October 8, 1977.
My first flavigaster came from Snake Road, and I’ve seen plenty there and elsewhere since then. Most have yellow bellies, but a few specimens sport bright orange underneath.
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.
HerpMapper records for this species are here.