The Viperine Watersnake Natrix maura; the species with which I had my first succesfull breeding results back in 1986.
For the past 31 years I had offspring almost every year of this very attractive and highly aquatic little snake. And every time it is a pleasure to see the variation in markings of the little babies and to watch the (highly variable) dorsal colors develop with every shedding.
These are 5 of my 2016 babies who have a very special father.
My breeding groups originally comes from the south of France (Provence, Cévennes and the Ardèche) but this year my females mated with a male from Moroc.