Don’t Hurt That Snake!

For some folks, the only good snake seems to be a dead one. But many, probably most, of the snakes you see in our area are not only not dangerous, but actually help keep down the number of rodents and are part of the process that keeps things balanced in an ecosystem.

This is actually what I saw first. Can you find the snake in this picture?

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As you would guess from the name “water snake” they are very well-adapted to moving about in the water.

 

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Head of a Plainbelly Water Snake Nerodia erythrogaster.

 

 

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But once on land among stream debris, they are very hard to see.

 

 

 

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But they are beautiful as they swim away.

 

 

You may not like snakes, but please, let them live where they belong, as right here in Lochwood Creek.

If you would like to know more about this species of water snake, which is almost certainly the sub-species called the blotched water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster transversa) you can find out more about them at this excellent website. You can also read more about them at the DFW Urban Wildlife site. The dark phase of the blotched water snake looks very similar to the yellow-bellied water snake, which actually occurs further east than Dallas, I believe.

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