Eastern indigo snake

Drymarchon couperi

The eastern indigo snake is the largest nonvenomous snake in North America and can reach lengths of over 9 feet. These snakes can be found in all parts of Florida except the Florida Keys. They inhabit a wide variety of habitats, both wet and dry. In the panhandle, indigo snakes are often found in xeric sandhills. In east central Florida, indigo snakes occur frequently in cabbage palm hammocks and on the west central coast, they are often seen in hydric hardwood hammocks. All over the state, favorite habitats for indigo snakes are areas around ponds. These snakes are a threatened species.

Photo credit: Peter May


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