Nerodia sipedon. Hemlock Overlook. Ecology Club Field Trip June 2007

Took several high school students to Hemlock Overlook Park in June 2007. One of the high points of the trip was the capture and release of this large female water snake.  The kids were amazed at the size of this animal and had the opportunity to get up close and personal, for the first time in their life, with the snake “whose bite causes mortality” This snake is not poisonous and is often mistaken for a water moccasin which are not found this far north. NO WATER MOCCASINS IN OUR AREA!