Found in streams, rivers, swamps, lakes and marshes
Active during day when cool, at night when hot
Feed on fish, frogs, and toads
Water snakes can be fairly aggressive when they feel threatened, so they are often mistaken for copperheads or cottonmouths. Water snakes are not venomous. They do, however, have a number of bacterial species inhabiting their mouths. Any bite wounds should be thoroughly cleaned and monitored for infection. Of course, this is true for any kind of bite wounds and it's best to leave wild animals alone so as not to be bitten in the first place!