These snakes are normally active in the daylight, but sometimes they are seen hunting at night. They are semi aquatic, and will leave the water to bask in the sun or to hunt if they spot prey out of the water.
They do not hunt by sight but by smell, they use their tongues to search for prey. Due to this, they are able to smell even underwater.
These snakes rarely bite, but some will nip if they are roughly handled. If they spot danger they will retreat into the water.
It is illegal in Virginia to keep Wild Snakes as pets