Diamondbacked Water Snake

While birding at the fabulous Inn at Chachalaca Bend we came upon this snake resting in branches that hung over the water. I knew it wasn't a Rattlesnake so I felt pretty safe standing there taking pictures. I looked him up and discovered it is not venomous but is one of the most aggressive snakes in Texas! Yikes!

click to enlarge to better see the snakes' large lump/dinner on this picture.

Date: February 2009
Location: Bed and Breakfast in Bayview Texas - Inn at Chachalaca Bend. Visit them online at http://www.chachalaca.com/bird.html
Behavior: The snake had just eaten something really large and was very still -using all its energy to digest it instead of biting me!!!