Adults 20 - 42 inches (51 - 107 cm)
Primarily fish and frogs
Ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, wetland areas, and virtually any permanent bodies of water
Often confused with the venomous cottonmouth, this harmless snake is commonly seen basking on logs and rocks near water. When threatened it may emit a foul-smelling musk or even attempt to bite. When in the water, this snake will swim with the lower half of its body underwater and the upper half above the surface. (The cottonmouth typically swims with its entire body on the surface of the water)
Why doesn't the range map show this species in my county?