By far the most common snake along the Chesapeake's rivers and marshes, the water snake (Natrix sipedon) is often mistaken for other species of venomous snake. But just because they are nonvenomous doesn't mean they should be trifled with.
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These readings are from John Page Williams, Jr.'s book, Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons. The publication is available in print at Amazon.com. Content copyright © John Page Williams, Jr. All rights reserved.