Pike County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs
Northern Water Snake
The Northern Water Snake is a common resident of Pike County's lakes, ponds and streams. Growing up to four feet long, this snake is not poisonous and is not as aggressive as other water snakes. But do not try to pick one up. They will defend themselves and can inflict a nasty bite.
The NWS is not a picky eater. It will consume fish, frogs, crustaceans, and small birds and mammals. Although they may often be seen swimming, those looking for Northern Water Snakes should look along the shoreline where they may be found sunning themselves in the summer. Beaver dams and lodges are also common habitat areas.
Sunning on pavement
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