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Nerodia sipedon pleuralis by michael-ray Nerodia sipedon pleuralis by michael-ray
Nerodia sipedon pleuralis - Midland watersnake - Crawford County, Arkansas.

These guys can be found almost anywhere where there's water around here and adults are usually pretty ugly, so I usually don't shoot more than vouchers, but I thought this little high contrast juvenile was quite a looker.
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brandimillerart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very pretty snake!
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SilverWynd Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think all snakes are beautiful and this is a great shot.
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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HeatherTelesca Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
I used to catch these guys all the time when I was a kid, well at least the north eastern variety. Also spent a lot of time trying to explain they weren't copperheads and were just bad tempered. Awesome little guy you captured there!
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Yours would have been N. sipedon sipedon, which is just another subspecies of the same snake.
It's unbelievable how many people here think they're copperheads and senselessly kill them.
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HeatherTelesca Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I worked at a summer camp and these little ones were constantly getting caught by young boys. I got called to the health office one day because the medic was freaking out about a snake bite and wanted to know if it was poisonous. The kid had been (barely) bit on the finger and it bled a little. After the kid described the snake I realized it had been one of these little guys, and since the finger wasn't swelling up at all I told them to give the kid a bandaid and some antiseptic. I also told the kid he shouldn't be picking up snakes he couldn't identify. ><

On the other hand, I had a great time watching the adults swim around the lake. I love it when they lift up their head to the water surface and the rest of them is hidden in the water so they look like some like of water weed. ^^
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice! They seem to be wherever water exists here.
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fotografka Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW :O
Amazing photo but dangerous :)
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Curious though, why do you think it's dangerous? This is a 100% harmless, non venomous species and this individual was less than 8 inches long. Couldn't even break skin when it did bite. haha
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fotografka Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Probably why I afraid every snakes...:(
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning creature!!! :iconiloveyouplz:
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pitbulllady Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
That one is pretty decent-looking, but have you ever seen any of the Hypo and Erythristic Midlands? I've got a girl here that you just about will need shades to look at! She puts an Okeetee Corn to shame. There are some locales in western NC, SC and GA that produce stunningly red and orange N.s. pleuralis.

pitbulllady
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michael-ray Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen captives but that's it.
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