This snake is solid colored, and can be brown, gray, olive, greenish-gray or black in color. These snakes can be identified from other watersnakes by their plain, no-pattern colors. This means that their bellies are a single color, and contains no patterns or markings.
Some subspecies of this snake can have dark blotches on it’s back.
This snake is usually between 30 to 48 inches long, however, the record length for this snake is about 62 inches. The record found in Virginia is 58 inches.
Juveniles tend to be 11 inches long.