The copper-bellied water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta)prefers to live near wooded floodplains, shrub wetlands, and adjacent to slow moving rivers. As excellent swimmers, they hunt aquatic species including tadpoles, frogs, salamanders, insect larvae, and crayfish. It is one of ten species of snakes that do not lay eggs but bare live young. The young snakes are about 8 to 11 inches long. Habitat for the copper-bellied water snake has declined dramatically. Wetlands drainage and development in preferred habitat has limited distribution to only a few small populations.
Specialized Ecological Services has performed surveys for this State and Federally listed protected species.