Salt Marsh Snake

Common Name: 
Salt Marsh Snake
Scientific Name: 

Nerodia clarkii

Category: 
Water Snakes
Identification: 

15-35 inches. Pale gray or tan above with three broad, dark brown or black longitudinal stripes and a dark band through the eye; underside dark reddish brown with a central row of pale spots. The keeled scales are in 21 rows.

Habits: 

Salt marsh snakes occur in open brackish and salt marshes. They give birth to 3-19 young.

Distribution: 

Coastal mashes including the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

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Salt Marsh Snake
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