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Northern Water Snake

The Northern Water Snake is a North American snake that has a large body. It is a venomous species belonging to the Colubridae family with 4 recognized subspecies.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Crotalinae
    Genus Protobothrops
    Species P. mangshanensis
    Scientific Name Protobothrops mangshanensis


    Length Up to 135 cm (4 ft 5 in)
    Coloration Varies between subspecies (can be brown, gray, reddish, or brownish-black)
    Distribution Eastern and central North America, from southern Ontario and southern Quebec in the north, to Texas and Florida in the south
    Habitat In and around water bodies, and can be found on the banks of lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes, and streams
    Diet Fish and amphibians (frogs, toads and salamanders)
    Venom Fact Venomous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 14th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 11th May 2019.

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