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Copperbelly Water Snake

If You See this. . .


Copperbelly water snake


. . . please, let us know!


This is a copperbelly water snake! This harmless snake is so rare we'd really like to know if you see one. Please send us an email, with photos if possible, to copperbelly@fws.gov or call 517-351-5350. Thank you!


The copperbelly water snake is in danger of becoming extict in the northern part of its range, mostly because of habitat loss. It needs your help! If you see one, please do not handle or harm it. Snap a photo if you can, and let us know where you saw it.


Please call 517-351-5350 or send an email to copperbelly@fws.gov.


Copperbelly Facts

  • NOT venomous
  • Leave watersnakes alone and they'll leave you alone.
  • Has a dark-colored back and an orange-red belly.
  • Grows 3 to 4 feet in length.
  • Lives mostly in wetlands within woods.
  • Eats frogs and tadpoles.
  • Lives only in a small part of Hillsdale County, Michigan; Williams County, Ohio; and Steuben County, Indiana.
  • Improving habitat for the copperbelly water snake also provides habitat for deer, ducks, turkeys, frogs and turtles; and helps keep water clean for you!

Conservation programs are available to help improve or protect habitat in key areas through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners Program.


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Last updated: October 10, 2018