This You Just HAVE TO SEE: Man Feeds Diamondback Water Snake By Hand
The good old boy in the video seems to have made a very unusual friend…a diamondback water snake. Now, if I saw a snake like this crawling out of the water and coming towards me, I don’t think I’d have been so inviting.
The Diamondback Water Snake is the largest North American water snake. Also known as the Diamond-backed Watersnake,
it is an extremely common species of non-venomous snakes that is a member of the ‘colubrid’ family. They are often mistaken for the poisonous variety of the ‘cottonmouth’, owing to its biting habit.
This creature is also misidentified as the venomous ‘rattlesnake’, or even a ‘water moccasin’, a species of pit viper, because of its dark pigmentation and irritable temperament, and is often killed out of fear.
It belongs to the genus ‘Nerodis’, all of which are native to the continent of North America. Unlike the diamondbacks, the mouth of the cottonmouths is white.
No other species of snakes in the US have the multiple papillae (tubercles) on the under surface of the chin, like the male diamondback water snakes have.Hundreds of diamondback water snakes are killed every year, being mistaken as the viper cottonmouths. There is very little evidence about how long can these snakes live. However, the specimens that are held under captivity have been observed to be living for up to 10 years.