Okay - don't say I didn't warn you. Let me first say that as much as I am repulsed and terrified by snakes, one of the things I look forward to each spring is when I see these snakes on my walk. Let me also say that I'm afraid to go and work in my garden because I know there is probably a garter snake or black snake or even a cooperhead waiting for me. But from the safety of the footbridge on the path - I find them fascinating. These are all brown watersnakes just different colorings - the brighter ones are juveniles and the lighter more grey looking ones - that can grow to 6 feet in length are adults - the females are larger. They aren't poisonous but their bite is painful - wouldn't any snake bite be?
You should see them swim - amazing and very fast.
Well now that I've grossed everyone out - I probably will never have another visitor to my blog.
Thought this snake skin floating in the water was pretty cool.