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Feb 20 - Elusive rainbow snake spotted in Florida, for the first time 50 years
 

 
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An elusive rainbow snake has been spotted in Ocala National Forest, Florida, for the first time in over 50 years. State wildlife officials said the snake species Farancia erytrogramma had not been seen in Marion County—which covers encompasses much of the forest—since 1969.

The nonvenomous snake was spotted by two women who were hiking in the area.

Sightings of the elusive, non-venomous snake are rare due to its secretive behavior, being aquatic and a skilled burrower.

"Rainbow snakes are highly-aquatic, spending most of their life hidden amongst aquatic vegetation; seldom seen, even by herpetologists, due to their cryptic habits," the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said in a Facebook post. "Burrowing near creeks, lakes, marshes, and tidal mudflats, rainbow snakes specialize in eating eels, earning the nickname 'eel moccasin.'"

According to the Florida Museum, when sightings do occur, the snake is usually spotted in debris, such as moss and logs, which have washed up on the shores of a body of water. On occasion, farmers working in fields near water plow up the snakes. And sometimes the snake has been seen crossing roads at night, particularly on rainy summer nights.

Adult rainbow snakes usually grow to between 40 and 54 inches in length, although the largest specimen ever recorded was measured at 66 inches, the Florida Museum says. They are relatively thick-bodied, and can be recognized boy their distinctive coloring.


Their backs are iridescent blue-black, with three bright red stripes running lengthways along their bodies. The belly, meanwhile, is red or pink and features two or three rows of black spots. It is common to find yellowish coloration on some parts of the head and sides. The snakes have smooth, shiny scales, dark eyes and pointed tail tips.

The range of the rainbow snake in Florida extends from the panhandle and northern peninsula southwards up to northern central parts of the state. Elsewhere in the United States, the snakes can be found across a wide area of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, stretching from eastern Louisiana to southern Maryland, according to Florida Museum.

Despite being rarely seen, rainbow snakes are classified by the IUCN Red List as of "least concern." However, according to the Savannah River Ecology Lab at Georgia University, which studies the species, it could come under threat from habitat destruction in the future.

"Rainbow snakes rely on aquatic habitats and eels for prey, which may put them at risk if wetlands are destroyed or degraded, or if damming rivers results in eel declines," it said.

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 1 month ago '16        #2
foshoVoodoo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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they eat eels
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Make a helluva pair of shoes
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 1 month ago '15        #4
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Rainbow boas >
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 1 month ago '15        #6
Still Numskull 
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 Dark Cobra said



Rainbow boas >
Rainboas
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 1 month ago '15        #7
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 Big Gurthy said
Make a helluva pair of shoes
Meant to prop
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 1 month ago '15        #8
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F that snake, come around here and I got a hoe with its name on it.
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 1 month ago '15        #9
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 1 month ago '15        #10
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Here for the 69 jokes
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 1 month ago '13        #11
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 KervMcSwerve199 said
Here for the 69 jokes
As in..... "this rainbow snakes main source of nutrients is the rainbow rat breed," tekshai?"







Fuk it I tried....


















Fuk dat rat bastard btw!
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 Dark Cobra said



Rainbow boas >
What your collection looking like bro? Do you breed snakes or just keep them as pets?

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 Rule 336 said
What your collection looking like bro? Do you breed snakes or just keep them as pets?




I just have pets for now, too busy to breed.
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I just have pets for now, too busy to breed.
You ever been bitten by any of your snakes in your life? And have you had any poisonous ones?

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 Rule 336 said
You ever been bitten by any of your snakes in your life? And have you had any poisonous ones?
Nah I’ve never been bitten, I don’t keep any venomous snakes...too dangerous imo
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 1 month ago '16        #17
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 Dark Cobra said
Nah I’ve never been bitten, I don’t keep any venomous snakes...too dangerous imo
Do you also live in Florida?

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 Thadudesoofresh said
Do you also live in Florida?
No upstate NY

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 Dark Cobra said
No upstate NY
K cool, just thought you'd be from s fl being a snake connoisseur and all. I think that article is also a bit misleading. Ex., living here they're all around I can't count how many times yearly a black racer will give me a fright completely not looking walking up to my house at night! Water Mocasínes (venomous) during rainy season I would just turn away and just give them their space. So I really do believe that if people looked for the snake specifically you'd find it. There's no way in 50 years nobody has come across it. Pretty sure those hikers just took a photo of a snake, posted not knowing somebody would be curious about it. Hope that makes sense.

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I live in South Florida.... I have a house with a pool on the lake. About a year ago I found a fu*king snake just chillin by my pool. Never again. Screened that entire area. I've seen one on my fishing dock before too.

Its these dumb fu*king idiots that buy these exotic snakes and release them when they can no longer take care of them.



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