Friday Snake Blogging Thursday Special Edition Part I: Getting Undressed
These are common watersnakes(click the pic for a larger view). They are non venomous but I think many of my friends would automatically call any of these a Water Moccasin, which is venomous, because it was near the water and it scared them. In the second picture, you can see that the snake is getting ready to molt, this is also known as ecdysis. Notice the dull color of the skin and the haziness of his eyes. Snakes are vulnerable during this time and have poor vision, which also makes them unpredictable. Healthy snakes will usually shed their skin in one piece, including the eye caps. The snake will rub its nose on rocks and other objects aid the sloughing process. This has been done by the snake in the 3rd picture. In the final shot, you see the head of a shed skin.
Don't miss Friday Snake Blogging Special Edition Part II: Snake Orgy