Extreme southeastern counties of the state. The broadbanded
water snake may be found near any permanent water source with thick
vegetation, such as ponds, lakes, and sloughs. The broadbanded water
snake is most likely to be confused with the venomous cottonmouth,
but lacks the robust body and large triangular head of the cottonmouth.
Like all water snakes, they are found near water, but may wander
far from water in search of food, which includes fish, frogs, salamanders,
*NOTE- The eyes are normally clear, but this snake is getting ready
to shed. The eyes turn a milky, cloudy blue (called opaque) as the
snake's outer skin begins to die, and the new skin underneath secretes
an oily substance to loosen the dead outer skin, almost like a natural
lotion or conditioner. Once ready to shed, the eyes turn clear again,
and the snake will usually shed within 24 hours, revealing a fresh
new skin that is much more brillian in color and pattern. The oily
secretion may sometimes contain a pheromone signaling that the snake
is ready to breed.