Rainbow Snake - Farancia erytrogramma

The rainbow snake is a large North American colubrid that lives along the Southeastern coastline of the US. A subspecies that lived in Lake Okeechobee was declared extinct in 2011, but the common rainbow snake (Farancia erytrogramma erytrogramma) is non-threatened at this time.

These guys are non-venomous, highly glossy, and also known as “eel moccasins”, for their habit of eating “conger eel” salamanders. Despite their bright, shiny colors, and their length of over 4 feet long, these snakes are extremely difficult to spot in the wild. They stay under swampy underbrush, are largely aquatic, and hunt their prey at night. Without specific traps or highly skilled herpetologists, the chances of seeing one in the wild are extremely slim, but many herp farms and experienced snake owners like having them around for their aesthetic appeal.

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