Can you guess what this is? Plus last week's answer and winner!
** April 18, 2022
Monday Nature Mystery
We are pleased to announce the winner of our last Monday Nature Mystery, Sarah Mayhew! Please email us your snail mail address and preference for a hat or tote bag to: [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Monday%20Nature%20Mystery%20Winner!)
Congratulations to Sarah for correctly identifying the Northern Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon). According to the Virginia Herpetological Society ([link removed]) , this commonly encountered species is sometimes mistaken for the venomous Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin, which does not occur in northern Virginia. The Northern Watersnake eats mostly fish and amphibians. While many snake species lay eggs, the Northern Watersnake gives birth to live young, often 20 per litter, but sometimes up to 50.
Last Week's mystery: Northern Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon). Photo: Tina Dudley
Each Monday we’ll post a new photo and identify the previous week’s winner. They’ll receive an ASNV hat or tote bag.
Here is this week's mystery:
Be sure to post your answer on our Facebook page @AudubonVA ([link removed]) under the Monday Mystery post...do not reply to this email with your guess! We only accept entries from our Facebook page, not via email.
Please remember to write the common name, being mindful of hyphens, uppercase and lowercase letters and always include the Latin name in parentheses. To learn more about bird names click here ([link removed]) .
Photo: Judy Gallagher
Who is this?
Post your guess (please list both common name and Latin name) on our Facebook page @AudubonVA ([link removed]) under this week's Monday Nature Mystery. Remember, we only accept entries from our Facebook page, not via email!
-Audubon Society of Northern Virginia
Please note that we only accept entries on our Facebook page where they are date and time-stamped. Remember that if you need to correct your entry, you should make a new posting rather than correcting the old one so that we get a correct time stamp for your correction. Winners are limited to one prize every 90 days.
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