We tallied five species of snake today:
- Cottonmouth (venomous)[ Agkistrodon piscivorus ]-- only saw three
- Brown Water Snake [Nerodia taxispilota] -- 41, and I'm sure we missed a few
- Redbelly Water Snake [Nerodia erythrogaster] -- two
- Black Rat Snake [Elaphe obsoleta] -- one (first one of the year)
- Northern Water Snake [Nerodia sipedon] -- two (first ones we've seen in a few years)
I realize that some people don't like snakes and I think that is unfortunate. They are truly amazing creatures and don't deserve to be so reviled. We were delighted to see so many individual snakes out in bushes and on trees today.