Adam photographed this large northern watersnake while canoeing on Lake Erie near Long Point, 2020.
Scientific Name: Nerodia sipedon sipedon
Status: Not at risk
Habitat: Lakes and rivers
Photographed: June, 2019, Lake Erie, Norfolk County, Ontario.
Story: Adam found the large watersnake above while canoeing near Long Point on Lake Erie in 2020. The snake was basking on a log over the water, and measured an estimated four feet long.
Did you know?
Average size is 61-106.7 cm, record size is 140.5 cm (four and a half feet)
Northern watersnakes are harmless to humans, but often mistaken for the venomous cottonmouth snake, a poisonous snake that lives in the southern United States
Some older northern watersnakes appear almost black, as their patterns may fade or be obscured
Often found swimming across rivers and lakes, or on shore sunning themselves
Feeds on fish, frogs, other snakes, small birds, crayfish, turtles, leeches, large insects