Water Snakes

Water Snakes in and around Lake Thoreau

What would a lake be like without a few snakes?  Especially water snakes?

The photo of the snake at left was taken on May 18, 2009 as it swam by our boat.  It eventually went up through a storm water drainage pipe and then who knows where.

We have a possible snake hole  (image below) that has evolved every year in our yard near the dockboat.  I keep watching and waiting but have yet seen anything coming up through the hole – perhaps it is a crayfish hole – but the telltail mud balls mound is absent.

In trying to identify the snake above, I research the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website with information on amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.

Snakes that might be found in our freshwater environment include:

      Plus other snake profiles on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries –

Reptile species information



  1. found a snake slithering by as I was power-washing my dock boat today, either northern water-snake or diamondback, very similar colors….not the first time on our boat

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