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Nerodia sipedon (Northern Water Snake)

Synonyms: Coluber sipedon; Natrix sipedon; Nerodia sipedon pleuralis; Tropidonotus sepedon; Tropidonotus sipedon

Wikipedia Abstract

The northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) is a species of large, nonvenomous, common snake in the Colubridae family that is native to North America.
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Nerodia sipedon insularum (Lake Erie watersnake)
Nerodia sipedon pleuralis (Midland northern watersnake)
Nerodia sipedon sipedon (Northern watersnake)
Nerodia sipedon williamengelsi (Carolina watersnake)


Hibernates [1]  Yes
Maximum Longevity [2]  10 years
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams
Diet [1]  Carnivore
Female Maturity [2]  2 years
Male Maturity [2]  2 years


Protected Areas


Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap




Parasitized by 
Centrorhynchus conspectus[7]
Distomum variabile <Unverified Name>[7]
Ophidascaris ashii <Unverified Name>[7]
Rhabdias fuscovenosa[7]
Zeugorchis longicirrus <Unverified Name>[7]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


USA (E Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, E/N Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, SE Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, SE Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, N Georgia, NW Florida, NW South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, India;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Resources of a Snake Community in Prairie-Woodland Habitat of Northeastern Kansas, Henry S. Fitch, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Research Report 13: 83-98 (1982)
4Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6Sorex palustris, John T. Beneski, Jr. and Derek W. Stinson, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 296, pp. 1-6 (1987)
7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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