Watersnake Moving Through The Grass

By | April 19, 2017

Yesterday I came across this Watersnake moving through the grass near a gate on my property. I believe it was moving from one small stream to another. These snakes like frogs and I have heard lots of them around these small streams. The stream it was coming from only has water when it rains and it had rained a few days ago.

I believe this is a Plain-bellied Watersnake from what I can tell from my research on my favorite site in reference to snakes in Arkansas: Herps of Arkansas

Watersnake In The Grass

Watersnake – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/320 | f/7.1 | ISO 500

Plain-bellied Watersnake Facts

This species preys primarily upon frogs. Small fish make up most of the remaining portion of the diet.

This species relies upon its stealth and ability to remain submerged for long periods of time to catch its prey. It will actively search through underwater rock crevices and vegetation for its prey, lunging after what it can grasp. A successful bite usually hooks the fin of a fish or foot of a frog. Larger prey is dragged out of the water and eaten on the bank. If, after the prey has stopped struggling, the snake decides to seek out the head–it goes down easier!–a carefully timed flop or jump can leave the snake without a meal. This species has been observed hanging from a tree with its head in the water and catching fish that would swim by.

Due to its aggressive defensive behavior, it is commonly mistaken for the venomous Cottonmouth. (Herps of Arkansas)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

2 thoughts on “Watersnake Moving Through The Grass

  1. Greg Topp

    This is certainly one animal that is seen by very few people!
    Thanks again!

  2. Gordon

    Nice shot of the snake, I wonder if that species is poisonous.
    Take care, Gordon.

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