There are a lot of water snakes in the ponds of the park where I walk. They usually don’t pose for photos, but these guys seemed pretty active in the morning sunlight. The light was shining from a nice angle such that I could partly see through the water and see the other 99% of the snake’s body.
These, I believe, are called diamondback water snakes because of the pattern on their back. I think that many people confuse them for dangerous snakes like water moccasins because of this pattern but these water snakes are not venomous.
One easy way to tell that these are not water moccasins is that they swim with their bodies submerged, where as water moccasins swim on the surface of the water. Water moccasins are also fatter snakes and have a different shaped head. And if you look at the snake’s pupils you will see that they are round where as the pupils of the water moccasin are elliptical though I doubt you would get close enough to gaze into their eyes. Water moccasins, which are pit vipers, also have pits between their eyes and mouth that water snakes do not.
I have also seen some darker water snakes that I think are called blotched water snakes, but they get away to fast for me to get a good photo. I guess snakes can be a bit scary, but these snakes are harmless.
There are also dozens of turtles that float about the pond and I seldom see them come out of the water.
So, a few reptiles this time around. Who knows what I’ll find next out there.