Photo of Adult Common Watersnake courtesy of Scott A. Smith
Close-up Photo of Common Watersnake courtesy of John White
Can be found in or near every type of wetland habitat, from rivers to lakes, and bogs to ponds. Even lives in brackish marshes.
Walk along wetland edges, particularly where there is slow-moving water. Look for basking individuals near escape cover. Warning: water snakes have a reputation for being ill humored. They will readily bite and “musk” upon handling. Non-venomous.
Photo of Common Watersnake Habitat courtesy of Tony Procheska
This snake is found commonly throughout Maryland.
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