are legless reptiles. Some species of water snakes may be seen basking
in the sun on logs, branches or stones at the water's edge. If alarmed,
they will quickly glide into the water. Water snakes feed on frogs, salamanders,
small turtles, and invertebrates.
species of water snakes are non-poisonous, such as this banded
water snake (pictured right). The poisonous
is found in the southern part of the United States, up into extreme southern
Missouri. It has a broad head that is wider than its neck. The cottonmouth
feeds on frogs, salamanders, small turtles, fish, baby alligators, lizards,
small mammals and birds. If agitated, it will vibrate its tail and open
its mouth to reveal a white lining from which it gets its name.