Northern Water Snake

What does the northern water snake look like?

The northern water snake reaches lengths up to 5’ feet. Colors can vary from one northern water snakes to another. Colors range from brownish, reddish, grayish and charcoal with lighter cross bands that have blackish edges. The belly can range from a whitish, yellowish, or grayish color. This snake becomes darker as it gets older.

Where is the northern water snake found in Montgomery County?

The northern water snake is one of the most common snakes found in Montgomery County. It is found near ponds, rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, pools and any other water way throughout every urban and suburban area in Montgomery County. This snake is commonly removed from backyard ponds and pools by snake control professionals. Residents often report seeing this snake basking in the sun on top of a rock, tree stump or walkway. This species is never found inside a home or building unless it’s abandoned and there is water in the basement.

What animals pray of the northern water snake?

Raccoons, fox, opossums, great blue herons, large snapping turtles, coyote, owls, and hawks are predators of the northern water snake.

Is the northern water snake venomous?

The northern water snake is not venomous. This is an aggressive species and if you are bitten you will bleed because they have a secretion in their saliva that will act as a blood thinner.

What does the northern water snake eat?

Northern water snakes eat small fish like minnows as well as frogs, worms, crayfish, salamanders, baby turtles, small birds, mice and other small mammals.

What are the habits of the northern water snake?

The northern water snake roams during the daytime and at night. This species takes rest periods or cat napes throughout the day. They like to sun themselves on rocks, pavements and tree stumps during the daytime to increase their body temperature. This snake can remain underwater for up to 90 minutes before coming up for a breath of air.

What are the hibernation habits of the northern water snake?

The northern water snake hibernates from October to March or April. They will hibernate with other species such as the black rat snake, copperhead snake, and timber rattlesnake.

What are the reproduction habits of the northern water snake?

Northern water snakes mate in the spring after hibernation. Then between August and September the female will give live birth and may have up to 30 babies. New born babies are between 6” inches and 12” inches long. The young are self-sufficient after birth and depart ways with the mother.

How to get rid of a northern water snake?

Most encounters between humans and northern water snakes occur in the backyard. Montgomery County homeowners that have koi (fish) ponds in the backyard usually have a northern water snake problem at some point. Most homeowners do not want to get close to a snake especially one like the northern water snake so the solution would be to call a Montgomery County wildlife control company (240-599-6815) that provides snake removal services.