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By Anders Nielsen, Ph.d.
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This guy finds a hissing diamondback water snake between some rocks. The water snake bites him 35 seconds into the video. He has been bit so many times that he is actually tired of it. As he says, these water snakes can be quite aggressive, and they will really give you a run for your money. They will also try to look more aggressive than they really are. Unlike many other snakes, they really mean it when they bite; it is not just a warning bite. In the video, you will also get a close up view of snake scales. Although water snakes are harmless, this video demonstrates that they really do bite.
The action in this video begins after 53 seconds, where a water snake attacks and begins eating the goldfish. Unfortunately, goldfish contain an enzyme that harms water snakes. This guy will probably only have his water snake for half the time he otherwise would since he feeds his snake with inferior food. At 1:48 the goldfish is completely swallowed. The video at this point is good as you can really see a water snake close up.
The woman holds a banded water snake.
The most important thing to notice is the crossbands.
A plain bellied water snake—here, a yellow bellied water snake. In the clip, it is eating a toad.
A plain bellied water snake—here, a red bellied water snake. Don't mind the guy in the movie.
Northern Water Snake
Brown Water Snake
Lake Erie Water Snake
Banded water snake
Florida water snake
Blotched water snake
Yellow-bellied water snake
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