Also known as the water snake, it is a big snake that can reach up to 130 cm (51 in) long. It has a triangular head, a stout body, and a brown or grey color with dark spots or rings on its back. The color and pattern may vary depending on the region. It mainly eats fish. Sometimes, it may also prey on amphibians such as frogs, toads, and tadpoles.
It is not venomous, but it can defend itself with its sharp teeth if it is attacked. It can also secrete a bad-smelling substance from its cloaca or pretend to be dead as a defense strategy.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No