Appearance: 

Diamond-backed Watersnakes are large, stocky snakes identified by dark, diamond-shaped blotches on their back and sides. Their background color is usually brown, but can range from yellowish to greenish.  Their belly is light yellow with dark, half-moon shaped spots. Their scales are keeled and the anal plate is divided.


Size: 

Most adults are approximately 3 feet in total length. 


Habitat / Range: 

Diamond-backed Watersnakes are found in the Jackson Purchase and western Kentucky coalfields. They can be found within or around any permanent, aquatic habitat (i.e. ponds, rivers, lakes, etc.).


Natural History: 

Diamond-backed Watersnakes mate in spring and give birth to up to 50 live young in the late summer. Fish, especially catfish, make up a large part of the diet of these snakes. 


Notes / Miscellaneous: 

Similar to other Watersnakes, Diamond-backed Watersnakes will bite and expel a pungent musk when handled. 


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