|Florida Nature: Endangered Reptiles (2)|
(Rana capito) SSC- Alligators occur from southeast
American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) Endangered- American crocodiles live in coastal areas throughout the Caribbean, and occur at the northern end of their range in south
Key Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus acricus) Threatened- The Key Ringneck snake is a non-venomous snake found only on the lower keys including Big Pine, Little Torch, and Middle Torch. It is not found outside of Florida. Due to its very small range it is listed as a threatened species in the state of Florida. The Key Ringneck's habitat consist of pinelands, tropical hardwood hammocks, and around limestone outcroppings. The average adult size is six inches long. Adults are small and slender-bodied with a slate gray body. Unlike other ringneck snakes, the ring normally present around the neck is indistinct or completely absent. The belly is bright yellow, fading to orange-red beneath the tail. There is a single row of half-moon spots down the center on the belly.
Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais couperi) Threatened- The Eastern Indigo Snake is found throughout Florida and southeast Georgia. Indigos, are non venomous snakes that are widespread throughout the state, but nowhere are they abundant. They occur in hardwood forests, moist hammocks, pine flatwoods, prairies, and around cypress ponds. Because it seeks refuge in gopher tortoise burrows, along with diamondback rattlesnakes and many other organisms, in some parts of Florida the indigo is called the 'gopher snake'. The Eastern Indigo snake is a long snake, averaging from 60-74 inches but the record length is 103 inches long! Adults are large and thick bodied. The body is glossy black and in sunlight has iridescent blue highlights. The chin and throat is reddish or white, and the color may extend down the body. The belly is cloudy orange and blue-gray.
Red Rat Snake (Elaphe guttata) SSC- The red rat snake, often called the corn snake is a colorful non venomous snake found in the Florida peninsula. The corn snake is primarily active at night. It is both a terrestrial borrower and extremely good climber. It is found under rocks and logs, and in trees under bark and within palm fronds. Adults are usually 18-44 inches long but have been recorded as long as 72 inches. Red rat snakes are orangish-brown with black bordered orange, red, or brownish blotches. The belly usually is a black and white checkerboard pattern, though orange may also be present. The underside of the tail has 2 black stripes. There is a spear-shaped pattern on the head and neck.
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