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Rainbow snake spotted in Central Florida county for first time since 1969

Posted by George H. Wessel VII at 2/20/2020 7:59:46 PM



Rainbow snake spotted in Central Florida county for first time since 1969

A rainbow snake was recently spotted in Marion County for the first time since 1969.

Tracey Cauthen recently reported stumbling upon a roughly 4-foot Rainbow Snake while hiking in the Ocala National Forest, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

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According to the FWC, the Florida Museum of Natural History was able to confirm it’s the first record of this species in Marion County since 1969.

FWC biologists speculate the recent draw down of Rodman Reservoir had this snake on the move.

Rainbow snakes are highly-aquatic, spending most of their life hidden amongst aquatic vegetation; seldom seen, even by herpetologists, due to their cryptic habits. They burrow near creeks, lakes, marshes, and tidal mudflats, rainbow snakes specialize in eating eels, earning the nickname “eel moccasin.”

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A Rare Sighting!
Tracey Cauthen recently reported stumbling upon a ~4 ft Rainbow Snake, Farancia erytrogramma, while hiking in the Ocala National Forest. The Florida Museum of Natural History confirms this is the first record of this species in Marion County since 1969! Our biologists speculate the recent drawdown of Rodman Reservoir had this rainbow snake on the move.
Rainbow snakes are highly-aquatic, spending most of their life hidden amongst aquatic vegetation; seldom seen, even by herpetologists, due to their cryptic habits. Burrowing near creeks, lakes, marshes, and tidal mudflats, rainbow snakes specialize in eating eels, earning the nickname “eel moccasin”.
Photos and information about this special sighting were submitted to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Find out more about this secretive snake: bit.ly/2uNh6Kr

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Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 2/21/2020 10:36:15 AM  

Cool! So neat looking, too!



Margaret Block,
Posted At: 3/10/2020 10:02:12 AM  

Wow.



Tiki108,
Posted At: 3/31/2020 7:37:57 PM  

That's awesome!! 


  
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