Detail photo - Brown Water Snake

DESCRIPTION: Notice the broad head and the bulging, dark orange eyes.  I think this snake looks kind of friendly..

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Brown water snakes are nonvenomous snakes that live in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont regions from southern Virginia all the way through the Florida peninsula. They can grow up to 60 inches and are heavy bodied. Brown water snakes are light to dark brown and have three lines of black splotches from head to tail; one line going down the spine and the other two on either side of the body.

Brown water snakes have a slightly triangular, narrow head that is clearly larger than its neck and their eyes are high on their head, very close to the tip of the nose. Because of the shape, they are frequently mistaken for cottonmouth snakes. The females are significantly larger than the males of the species.

The habitat brown water snakes include permanent water sources like blackwater cypress creeks, canals, rivers, and lakes. They are quick and agile swimmers, and feed on fish by foraging along the edges and bottoms of water sources or ambushing unsuspecting prey.

They are rarely seen moving across dry land and rarely leave the water’s edge. Instead, they stick to leafy overhangs, river banks, and rocks to sun themselves on. If they are caught off guard by a canoe coming down the river and startled, they will drop out of the tree and possibly into the canoe. They will bite if they are cornered, so use caution when dealing with them.

Brown water snakes mate in the spring and the females can give birth to up to 60 live young in the summer.

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Running a wildlife removal business in the state of Florida gives me the chance to see all kinds of interesting snakes! Florida has about 45 species of snake, and I've seen 29 of them so far. I've always got my eye out for new species, and I love spotting rare snakes in Florida. I also have a thing for venomous snakes - they're not too common in FL, so I always enjoy the chance to see a poisonous serpent. I really like snakes, and I've never hurt or killed one. They're an important part of the ecosystem, and often persecuted. Still, if you don't want snakes in your house or on your property, and judging from the number of phone calls I receive regarding snake problems, you don't, then give me or a local snake expert in your area a call, and we can remove the snakes from your property for you. I use many snake control methods - from snake traps, to snake repellents, to habitat modification, but most of all, good old-fashioned capture and removal. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Snakes page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals including snakes inside houses. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or Florida snake removal issues.

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