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 Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake (Nerodia clarkii taeniata)




Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake | Nerodia clarkii-taeniata photo
Atlantic salt marsh snake

Photograph by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

ATLANTIC SALT MARSH SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake is light grayish tan with four stripes that extend halfway down the back where they are replaced with dark bands or blotches down the rest of the body. The underside is reddish brown with a central row of light spots. Juveniles are similar to adults.

Size
length 35cm - 60cm

Environment
mangrove swamps, salt marsh tidal flats, estuarine river systems.

Food
other smaller snakes (including venomous snakes), lizards.

Breeding
bears live young

Range
Florida coastline in Volusia and Indian River counties

Notes
The Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake is non-venomous. It has become rare as habitat has been destroyed for waterfront development.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Nerodia
Species:clarkii taeniata
Common Name:Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake


Relatives in same Genus
  Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake (N. clarkii compressicauda)