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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