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Northern Water Snake in Ontario.
Northern Water Snake in Ontario.

The Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon) is a species of large, nonvenomous snakes, in the family Colubridae and native to North America.

Northern Water Snake in a river in Ontario.
Northern Water Snake in a river in Ontario.

I came across this water snake on my hike to Decew Falls, in the St. Catharines region of Ontario. At first the snake was startled by my presence and made a hasty retreat.

Northern Water Snake
Northern Water Snake

However, the Northern Water Snake regrouped and returned and of course this piqued by interest.

Adult Northern Water Snake with snakelet basking on a log in the sun.

Unbeknownst to me, I walked past a young Northern Water Snake basking on a log. No parent was going to leave their young to the mercy of a stranger or predator. So the adult water snake returned to protect its young. You can see the adult water snake giving me a wary stare.

5 comments on “Northern Water Snake

  1. Arkenaten says:

    Fabulous! What a marvelous encounter.
    I have only ever encountered a snake in the wild once.

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    1. This encounter was my fifth, and closest so far.

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  2. rugby843 says:

    I’m not liking the snakes😳

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  3. cindy knoke says:

    It’s beautiful. I was driving out of the driveway yesterday when I encountered a large snake, which happens a lot this time of year. Looked at it closely, it was a good snake, non-venomous, and capable of killing venomous snakes. I was happy to know it was here. Keeping things in check.

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    1. Yeah, nature has a way of keeping things in check.


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