Lake Erie Watersnake

Scientific Name: Nerodia sipedon insularum 

Status: Special concern

Habitat: Lake Erie Islands and surrounding waters. 

Threats: Pollution, Habitat Loss, Human Persecution 

Photographed: July 2018, Pelee Island, Ontario. 

Story: The Lake Erie watersnake is only found in and among the islands of western Lake Erie. In 2018, Adam Shoalts and his friend Wes Crowe canoed from Pelee Island to uninhabited Middle Island, Canada's true most southern landmass to search for Lake Erie watersnakes, blue racers, and other endangered snakes. They found the large specimen above sunning itself on the rocks. 

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