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This snake lives in a small rock dam in a residential retention pond in Chattanooga, TNenter image description here. Children play in the area at times. It is approximately 30 inches in length. Is this snake a hazard or can it be ignored?

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This appears to be a northern water snake.

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TN.gov

Nonvenomous. Not dangerous if left alone, From tn.gov:

When threatened Northern Watersnakes will make a silent retreat, but are aggressive when captured. They will flatten their head and neck, try to strike and bite, and discharge a foul-smelling musk from glands at the base of their tail.

See https://www.tn.gov/twra/wildlife/reptiles/snakes/northern-watersnake.html

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    $\begingroup$ The fat body is quite reminiscent of a cottonmouth, but it doesn't have the mottling I associate with them. $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    Mar 28 at 8:43

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