Some Table View residents found this little snake in their garage last night and called me this morning – it looks like it possibly gravid (has eggs), and when I found it it was covered in motor oil.

I cleaned it up and will be keeping it for observation for a day or two, then release it once it’s more lively again.

Nocturnal and aquatic, Brown Water Snakes can swim very well. They’re usually confined to damp localities near streams and rivers, and although mainly active at night may hunt along shaded streams during the day.

Brown Water Snakes feed on frogs, tadpoles, small fish and occasionally nestlings and rodents. Oviparous, they lay 6-23 eggs in mid-summer with young measuring 15-22cm.

Find out more about this species here.