Florida Snake Identification Key

Nerodia erythrogaster 03Plainbelly Water Snake


Scientific name: Nerodia erythrogaster (FORSTER 1771)

The following will separate the two Plainbelly Water Snakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

Select the box below that is the closest match to your snake:

Belly is red, orange or pink; north Florida and southeastern Alabama to Delaware.

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Your snake could be a Redbelly Water Snake, Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster.

Belly is ivory to yellow or yellow-orange; western Florida panhandle.

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Your snake could be a Yellowbelly Water Snake, Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster.

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