Search for Copperbelly
We went looking for copperbelly water snakes, and found one enjoying his lunch. Things get a little graphic at 2:06!
Please report any Copperbelly water snake sightings (with a picture if possible – cell phone pictures are okay) to email@example.com or call (517) 351-5350 and leave a message.
The copperbelly water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta) faces extinction in the northern portion of its range. That range is now limited to parts of Williams County, Ohio; Hillsdale County, Michigan; and Steuben County, Indiana.
Much of the existing and restorable habitat for the copperbelly occurs on private lands. Private landowners, working in cooperation with government agencies and conservation organizations (including The Nature Conservancy), can play a key role in maintaining and improving habitat for the copperbelly. In doing so, they can not only help pull the copperbelly back from the brink of extinction, but also improve habitat for other wildlife on their property.
Quick facts about the Copperbelly:
Threats to the Copperbelly
Habitat loss and fragmentation have caused the greatest decline of the copperbelly water snake in its northern range. Wetland drainage and conversion of lands for agriculture and development have reduced suitable habitat to a few key spots in the tri-state area. Roads create both a hazard and a barrier between suitable blocks of habitat. Finally, indiscriminant killing of snakes may contribute to further decline of this already imperiled species.
What can you do?
Private landowners living within the range of the copperbelly can do a number of things that may benefit this species. These conservation actions will also improve habitat for other wildlife, such as deer, turkeys, waterfowl and songbirds.
Learn more about how to help this species with a Copperbelly Water Snake hand-out from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
November 27, 2013