Mississippi Green Water Snake

Common Name: 
Mississippi Green Water Snake
Scientific Name: 

Nerodia cyclopion

Category: 
Water Snakes
Identification: 

16-50 inches. Dark gray-green, olive or dark gray above, with a row of small, dark squared markings along the upper sides, alternating with a row on the lower sides and middle of the back; underside pale yellow with diffuse gray spotting that increases posteriorly. The keeled scales are in 23-27 rows.

Habits: 

Green water snakes prefer large, permanent bodies of water, especially in open country and around open cypress lakes and marshes. They give birth to 8-34 young.

Distribution: 

The southern part of the state and the Red, Ouachita and Mississippi River valleys.

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Mississippi Green Water Snake
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