Similar in general appearance to other Kentucky Watersnakes, Broad-banded Watersnakes have noticeably wide, dark brown, crossbands along a reddish colored body.  The belly is yellow with square spots on each ventral scale.  They also have a dark brown stripe extending from behind the eye unto the neck. They have keeled scales and a divided anal plate. 


Adult Broad-banded Watersnakes range from 2 to 3 feet in total length.

Habitat / Range: 

Broad-banded Watersnakes are only found in extreme western Kentucky. They can be found in a variety of aquatic habitats.

Natural History: 

Mating occurs in the spring and babies are born in late summer. Broad-banded Watersnakes prey upon small fish and amphibians. They are preyed upon by Cottonmouths, herons and probably large fish.

Notes / Miscellaneous: 

In Kentucky, Broad-banded Watersnakes are designated a “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources due to their limited distribution.