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Hypomelanistic Broad Banded Water Snake

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Posted by: Dolemite at Sun Apr 13 14:24:31 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Dolemite ]  
   

It appears that I have a breeding population of these Hypomelanistic Broad Banded Water Snakes on my ranch in Texas. I caught and released a specimen 3 years ago larger than this one pictured. I caught this one yesterday. He immediately gorged down some minnows from the creek where I caught him. The habitat is sandy rock creek that is close to the color of this snake. Also the southern copperhead is prevalent and the color similarity in the field is amazing. The most preponderant snake is the water moccasin and Texas rat snake. I have seen regular patterned broad bands in various ponds my cousin has. I also just built a pond of my own one year ago and it is already populated by water snakes of which species I have not yet determined. I have never bred snakes but I am going to investigate breeding this one.



   

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