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Baby Northern Water Snake April 2011

photos copyright Hester Burch

Did you know that water snakes are ovoviviparous? That means that this snake does not lay eggs! Instead, she grows the babies inside of her and when they are ready to be born they come out as free living young.  They can have as many as 30!

This baby Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon) was discovered by students and staff at Elms April 2011.


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