This snake will flatten its Younger watersnake species are often mistaken for one of the local venomous snakes, the cottonmouth. Subspecies of the mud snake; a long medium bodied black snake with a bright red belly; Maximum length is 81 inches, 2057mm. First, a quick glance at a map shows that New Orleans is surrounded by water and wetlands. The top picture shows a Diamond-backed Watersnake. have two rows of scales on the underside of the tail from the vent (anus) to the tip. They hibernate in the winter and may also be inactive periodically during hot summer weather. Habits Another type of funnel trap can be made by rolling a 3 by 4 foot piece of 1/4 inch mesh hardware cloth into a cylinder about one foot in diameter and 4 feet long. Remove or store firewood, lumber, rock piles, pallets and old equipment 12-18 inches off the ground and away from buildings. Snake control can be a very time consuming problem which generally requires action by the property owner, but many people are unwilling or untrained to capture and remove snakes. 1575mm. To see more photos, view our Facebook page. Some small snakes feed on earthworms, slugs, and salamanders. Several snake control methods can be used to discourage snakes from frequenting an area, prevent them from entering buildings, and to safely capture individual snakes that have strayed indoors. Do not approach within striking range (usually about 1/3 of the snake's body length) while attempting to identify, kill, or capture snakes, until you are property trained and equipped. Remove driftwood, logs, and brush along ponds, and other waterways. Subspecies of southern water snake; a long, tan, heavy-bodied snake with broad dark bands; maximum length is 62 1/2; inches, 1588mm. The non-venomous banded water snake, also called the southern water snake, is often misidentified as the venomous water moccasin. The pupil (black part of the eye) is vertically elliptical; in bright light it may be almost a vertical line. There are many good reference books available to help recognize snakes, but all too often the snake is killed before it is identified. The Brahminy Blind Snake is also another star snake attraction in New Orleans. Water snakes eat frogs, fish, and tadpoles. Seal holes in foundation/walls around pipes, conduits or electrical lines with concrete, with 1/4 inch mesh galvanized screen (hardware cloth), or sheet metal. Females may produce dozens of young in a single brood. Most are black but the color pattern may be brown, gray, tan, or Few animals are more disliked or misunderstood than snakes. Subspecies of the racer; a long, slim slate-gray snake with a broad black stripe behind the eye; maximum length is 75 1/4 inches, 1911mm. When snakes enter homes or are seen around buildings, they usually frighten people, who then want them removed immediately. If the snake can’t be found try trapping it. That is, it is an all female species that automatically begins to lay fertile eggs when it reaches sexual maturity, without the need for males. To date, no complete list of New Orleans snakes has been compiled. Gentle Speckled Kingsnake. Black-Masked Racer - Coluber constrictor latrunculus.