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Water Snakes Mating

True to its name, the Northern Water Snake is seldom found far from water. These three- to four-foot snakes are excellent swimmers, both on the surface and submerged, and commonly forage along the water’s edge for fish, frogs and salamanders.  This particular Water Snake’s tongue was sensing its surroundings almost constantly as it patrolled the shore of a fresh water lake.  When not swimming, Water Snakes can often be found basking on river banks, beaver dams and lodges, and on branches overhanging streams and ponds.

Northern Water Snakes mate in May and June. Females give birth to 12-60 live young in August and September.

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6 responses

  1. Alice

    I’m trying hard to picture a pregnant Water Snake expecting a lot of baby snakies…they must be packed like Sardines…not much room to wriggle.

    May 27, 2022 at 7:52 am

  2. Abi Parker

    Anne, Figured this picture of a long but harmless snake will remind me not to be shocked if I see one!!!!???? Sending it to you in case you need it with your two water environments. Love ab

    May 27, 2022 at 8:16 am

  3. This time last year I watched a pair mating, and posted on this topic. You can see them mating here:

    May 27, 2022 at 10:28 am

    • Fantastic photos and video!!! Thanks for sharing!

      May 27, 2022 at 10:53 am

  4. As a kid growing up in southeastern PA I recall water snakes crawling up a sycamore tree next to our neighbor’s pond and hanging out on the limbs that reached out over the water. When we would approach they’d drop off the limbs into the pond and swim away. Some of them I’m sure were 5-6’ long.

    May 27, 2022 at 9:07 pm

  5. Bill on the Hill

    Hi Mary… Very nice shot here, you have caught those colors just right with the snake swimming in water… I used to catch these snakes as a kid back in the day & we called them black snakes, often times I have encountered them laying across a well worn trail sunning themselves & speaking from first hand experience, they do NOT like to be disturbed as they will lunge at you if they feel threatened. The big ones can be quite threatening for a non-poisonous snake if they feel cornered…
    Great post,
    Bill… :~)

    May 28, 2022 at 7:16 am

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