Yellowbelly Water Snake

Nerodia erythrogaster ‘flavigaster’
(Forster, 1771)
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.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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