WATER SNAKE

 

Picture of a watersnake

 

 

Area where watersnake is found in South Dakota

 

 

 

 

Characteristics:

* Body color is dark brown to gray

* Dark upper bands on front part of body

* Alternating dark blotches or crossbands on the rear part of upper body

* Half-moon or speckled markings on the belly

* Juveniles have a lighter body color than adults

* Strongly keeled scales

* Nonvenomous

* Diet: fish, frogs, toads, small mammals, and insects

* Habitat: wetland areas

* Distribution: Bon Homme County - Springfield