Broad Banded Water Snake
April 16, 2005- Stoddard County, Missouri
This was one of the species that I most wanted to find while in Missouri in the spring of 2005. Our time was growing
short, and we were just exiting the swamp where this snake is found. I was sort of dissapointed that we were unable
to find it, when I spotted a small snake slithering across the road in front of us. I dashed out of the car. I
could tell that it was not venomous, so I grabbed the mystery serpent just as it exited the road. When my
eyes finally focused on the snake, I was very pleased to see that I had a juvenile confluens in my hand.