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Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake (Nerodia clarkii taeniata)
Atlantic salt marsh snake
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ATLANTIC SALT MARSH SNAKE FACTSDescription
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.
length 35cm - 60cm
mangrove swamps, salt marsh tidal flats, estuarine river systems.
other smaller snakes (including venomous snakes), lizards.
bears live young
Florida coastline in Volusia and Indian River counties
The Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake is non-venomous. It has become rare as habitat has been destroyed for waterfront development.
Relatives in same Genus
Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake (N. clarkii compressicauda)
Redbelly Water Snake (N. erythrogaster erythrogaster.)
Banded Water Snake (N. fasciata fasciata)
Florida Banded Water Snake (N. fasciata pictiventris)
Diamondback Water Snake (N. rhombifer)
Northern Water Snake (N. sipedon)