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Copperbelly Water Snake

The copperbelly water snake is a subspecies of plain-bellied water snake. It is a migratory snake, meaning it changes its place after a certain time. It is secretive in nature and that is why it is not frequently seen.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Suborder Serpentes
Family Colubridae
Genus Nerodia
Species Nerodia erythrogaster
Scientific Name Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta

Other Names Copperbelly
Size 3-5 ft (91.44-152.4 cm)
Color Brownish or bluish black back and the belly is bright red-orange
Distribution Northwestern Ohio, northeastern Indiana, southern Michigan, southeastern and south western Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois
Habitat Wetlands and lowland swamps
Diet Salamanders, crayfish, small fish, tadpoles, and frogs
Hibernation Throughout the winter
Predator Snapping turtles, raptors, raccoons, and skunks
Venom Fact Non-venomous
Breeding Time During the fall
Mode of Reproduction Viviparous
Litter Size Around 18
Average Lifespan 8-15 years
IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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Published on September 5th 2019 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 5th September 2019.

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