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REPTILES

Black Bayou Lake NWR

BROAD-BANDED WATER SNAKES

Nerodia fasciata confluens

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Brown/tan snake with black bands covering its body, round pupils
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Cottonmouths, copperheads
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Stable
  • DIET: Worms, crustaceans, amphibians, small fish, frogs, turtles, birds, other snakes
  • HABITAT: Swamps, rivers, streams, reservoirs
  • BREEDING: April - June, average of 20 born in live birth after 2.5 months of gestation
  • BEHAVIOR: Active day and night, swim with bodies submerged
  • THREATS: Great blue herons, alligators, other snakes; parasites
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Musking predators
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Spring, Summer, Fall