I photographed this juvenile Blotched Water Snake in a small, ornamental pond at the Elm Fork Nature Preserve in Carrollton. This juvenile Blotched Water Snake was very small. In these pictures look for minnows and a spider, as these will help you judge the snake’s actual size.

Notice the spider on the leaf at the top of the photograph. This juvenile Blotched Water Snake was very small.
Notice the spider on the leaf at the top of the photograph. This juvenile Blotched Water Snake was very small.
A juvenile Blotched Water Snake in a small, ornamental pond at the Elm Fork Nature Preserve in Carrollton.
A juvenile Blotched Water Snake in a small, ornamental pond at the Elm Fork Nature Preserve in Carrollton.
Compare the juvenile snake's size to the minnows along the right-hand side of the photograph.
Compare the juvenile snake’s size to the minnows along the right-hand side of the photograph.