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Scarlet Snake

Description:
14-32 ¼. Often mistaken for Coral Snake, but Starlet’s wide red bands are separated by much narrower black-bordered yellow bands. Bands do not encircle body. Belly plain white or yellow. Snout pointed and red. Scales smooth, in 19 rows. Anal plate single.

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Racer

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34-77”. Large slender, agile, and fast moving. Adults’ uniformly black, blue, brown or greenish above; white, yellow, or dark gray below. Young typically gray and conspicuously marked with dark spots on sides and dark gray, brown, or reddish-brown blotches down midline of back. Scales smooth, in 17 rows. Anal plate divided.

 

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Ringneck Snake

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10-30”. A small slender snake, with a yellow, cream, or orange neck ring and bright yellow, orange, or red belly. Black gray, olive, brownish, or black; belly frequently marked with black spots. Neck ring may be interrupted, obscure, or occasionally absent. Loreal scale present. Scales smooth, in 15-17 rows. Anal plate divided.

 

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Indigo Snake

Description:
60-103 ½ “. Largest North American snake. Heavy-bodied. Lustrous blue-black or mixed brown and black. Chin, throat, and sides of head suffused with cream, orange, or red. Scales smooth, in 17 rows. Anal plate single.

 

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Corn Snake

Description:
24-72”. Long and slender; orange or brownish-yellow to light gray, with large black-edged red, brown, olive-brown, or dark-gray blotched down middle of back. Tow alternating rows of smaller blotches on each side, extending onto edges of belly scales. Large squareish black marks on belly, becoming stripes under tail. Dark spear-pint mark on top of head, and dark stripe extending from eye onto neck. Belly scales flat in middle, with ends angled up sharply. Scales smooth or weakly keeled, in 27-29 rows. Anal plate divided.

 

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Rat Snake

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34-101”. Long, powerful constrictor with 3 different adult color patterns predominating: plain, striped, and blotched. Plain is black often with white showing between scales. Striped is red, orange, yellow, brown, or gray with 4 dark stripes. Blotched is light gray, yellow or brown with dark brown, gray or black blotches down back. Belly uniformly white, yellow, orange, or gray, often with dark mottling or checks. Belly scales flat in middle, ends angled up sharply. Underside of tail not striped. If present, dark strip though eye does not reach neck. All young vividly blotched. Scales weakly keeled in 25-33 rows. Anal plate divided.

 

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Mud Snake

Description:
38-81” (96.5 -205.5 cm). Shiny blue-black snake with pink or red belly bars extending upward on sides. Body cylindrical. Tail short and tipped with a sharp spine. Scales smooth, in 19 rows. Anal plate usually divided.

 

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Rainbow Snake

Description:
35-66”. Cylindrical-bodied, glossy black or blue-black snake with 3 narrow red strips running length of body. Yellow or reddish-yellow strips on sides along margins of belly scales. Underside red, with a double row of lack spots, one pair on each belly scale. Tail short and tipped with a sharp spine. Males smaller than females. Scales smooth, in 19 rows. Anal plate usually divides.

 

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Eastern Hognose Snake

Description:
20-45 ½ “ A stout-bodied snake with pointed, slightly upturned snout and wide neck. Color extremely variable; yellow, tan, brown, gray, or reddish with squarish dark blotches on back interspaced with round dark dorsolaterally blotches. All-black individuals common in some areas. Belly mottle; underside of tail conspicuously lighter tan belly could. Scales keeled, in 23 -25 rows. Anal plate divides.

 

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Southern Hognose Snake

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14-24” Short, stoutly built snake with pointed, sharply upturned snout and wide neck. Light brown, yellow, or grayish, and often tinged with red; a distinct row of dark blotches on aback alternates with smaller dorsolaterally blotches on each side. Underside of tail not distinctly lighter than belly. Scales keeled, usually in 25 rows. Anal plate divides.

 

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Prairie Kingsnake

Description:
30 – 52 1/8”. A slender, variably patterned kingsnake. Tan, grayish-brown, or yellowish-brown above with black-edged, dark brown to reddish-brown or greenish blotches down back and 2 alternating rows of smaller, less conspicuous spots on sides. V-shapes arrowhead like marking on crown of head. Pattern of older specimens may be lost or obscured by dark pigment; some develop 4 longitudinal dusky stripes. Scales smooth, in 21-27 rows. Anal plates single.

 

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Common Kingsnake

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36-82”. A large chocolate brown to black kingsnake with a highly variable back and belly pattern. Light-centered scales may form distinct cross bands, “chainlinks,” lengthwise stripes, blotches, or speckles on the back. Belly ranges from plain with to heavily blotched with dark pigment to plain black. Scales smooth, in 19-25 rows. Anal plate single.

 

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Milk Snake

Description:
14-78 ¼ “. Gray or tan marked with a light Y-shaped or V-shaped patch on neck and chocolate-brown to reddish-brown, black-bordered blotches down back and sides. Or colorfully ringed and blotched with red (or orange), black, and yellow (or white). Light neck collar followed y black-bordered red bands separated by light rings. Light rings widen near belly. Scales smooth, in 19-23 rows. Anal plate single.

 

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Colubrid Snake Family

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36-102”; Large, lithe, long-tailed and fast-moving. Western races generally yellow, tan, brown, gray, or pinkish; essentially pattern less or with dark crossbars on neck. Eastern form; head and neck region dark brown to almost black, gradually fading to light brown toward rear. Occasionally all black. No pale side stripes. Scales smooth, in 17 rows (13 at rear of body) Anal plate divides.

 

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Green Water Snake

Description:
30-74”. Heavy-bodies; olive-green, brownish, or reddish (in south Florida), with indistinct black bars on sides alternating with crossbars on back, more distinct in juveniles. Head seemingly short, series of small scales separating eye from upper lip scales. Belly cream to brown, with or without light spots. Scales keeled in 27-29 rows. Anal plate divides.

 

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Plain-bellied Water Snake

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30-62”. Plain reddish-brown, brown, greenish, or gray, becoming lighter on sides. Some populations have dark-boarded light crossbars down back. Belly plain red, orange, or yellow, but occasionally belly scales have dark edges. Juveniles have vivid dark blotches down back, alternating with dark crossbars on sides. Scales keeled, in 23-27 rows. Anal plate usually divided.

 

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Southern Water Snake

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16-62 ½ “. Stout-bodied aquatic snake with dark crossbands over most of body, light back and dorsolaterally stripes, or essentially pattern less. Color and pattern highly variable, like Northern Water Snake; where ranges overlap, presence of dark strip from eye to angle of mouth and large squarish blotches or wormlike marking on belly scales, will identify the Southern. Some darken with age, obscuring patter. Scales keeled, in 21-25 rows. Anal plates divided.

 

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Brown Water Snake

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10 – 20 ¾ “. Small; gray, yellowish-brown, brown, or reddish-brown, with 2 parallel rows of small dark spots bordering an indistinct wide light back stripe. Belly pale yellow. brown, or pinkish with small black dots along edges. Young have yellowish collar. Scales keeled, in 15-17 rows. Anal plate divided.

 

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Rough Green Snake

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20-45 5/8”. Slender arboreal snake; uniform pea-green with a long tapering tail. Belly white to yellowish green. Hatchlings greenish-gray. Scales keeled, in 17 rows. Annual plate divided.

 

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Pine-Gopher Snake

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48-100”. Large and powerful built; small head. Light-colored with black, brown, or reddish-brown blotches on back and sides. Snout somewhat pointed, with enlarged rostral scale extending upward between intranasal scales. Usually 4 prefrontal scales. Scales keeled, in 27-37 rows. Anal plate single.

 

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Striped Crayfish Snake

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13-25 ¾ “. Iridescent brown snake with wide yellow or orange stripe on lower side of body. 3 indistinct dark stripes on back; I down midline, others running dorsolaterally. Belly yellow to orange-brown, plain or marked with scatted dark smudges or with a well-defined row of spots along midline. Scales smooth (keeled on top of tail and in anal region), in 19 rows. Anal plate divides.

 

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Glossy Crayfish Water Snake

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14-31 3/8”. A stout, small-headed snake; shin brown or olive-brown with 2 faint dark strips on back a 2 somewhat more detectable stripes on sides. Belly yellow or cream with 2 rows of half-moonshaped spots. Scales keeled, in 19 rows. Anal plate divides.

 

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Pine Woods Snake

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10-15 7/8”. Tiny golden-brown or reddish-brown snake with white to yellow belly. Upper lip scales yellowish, some with dark specks. Top of head darker thank body; dark stripe runs from snout though eye to corner of mouth. Faint narrow back and side stripes may be present. Scales smooth; 17 rows. Anal plate divides.

 

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Swamp Snake

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10-18 ½ “. Glossy black, red-bellied snake. Black dorsal color extends onto ends of belly scales. Scales smooth, in 17 rows; last  3-5 rows bear light lines resembling keels. Anal plate divides.

 

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Short Tail Snake

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14-25 ¼ “. Slender cylindrical body; tail about a tenth of total length. Upper surface grayish, patterned with many dark-brown blotches separated by yellow, orange, or red areas. White belly with heavy brownish-black blotching. Scales smooth, in 19 rows. Anal plate single

 

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Brown Snake

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10-20 ¾ “. Small; gray, yellowish-brown, brown, or reddish-brown, with 2 parallel rows of small dark spots boarding and indistinct wide light back stripe. Belly pale yellow, brown, or pinkish with small lack dots along edges. Young have yellowish collar. Scales keeled, in 15-17 rows. Anal plate divided.

 

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Red-bellied  Snake

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8-16”. A small snake; plain brown, gray, or black, with a single broad light stripe, or 4 faint narrow dark stripes, or all 5, down back. Belly red, orange, or yellow; occasionally jet black. 3 light spots on nape of neck, which sometimes fuse to form collar. Scales keeled,  in 15 rows. Anal plate divided.

 

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Florida Crowned Snake

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5 7 2/3”. Back light brown or reddish-brown; belly whit. Distinct black head cap usually extends downward to corer of mouth, ends abruptly on posterior tops of head shields. Chin black. Light collar on neck borders head cap and is followed y black band, 2 ½ - 4 scales wide; collar sometimes absent. Scales smoother, in 15 rows. Anal plate divided.

 

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Eastern Ribbon Snake

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18-40”. A slender, streamlined garter snake. 3 bright, well-defined stripes usually contrast shapely with dark back and sides. Side stripe involves 3rd and 4th scale rows. A dark, brownish stripe runs along margin of belly scales. Lip scales and belly unmarked. Tail very long, about a third of snake’s total length. Scale strongly keeled, in 19 rows. Anal plate singe.

 

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Common Garter Snake

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18-51 5/8” (45.7-131.1 cm). Most widely distributed snake in North America. Coloration highly variable, but back and side stripes usually well-defined. Side stripe confined to 2nd and 3rd scale rows (except Texas). Red blotches or a double row of alternating black spots often present been strips. Usually 7 upper lip scales. Scales keeled, in 19 rows. Anal plate single.

 

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Eastern Coral Snake

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22-47 ½ “. Body encircled by wide red and black rings separated by narrow yellow rings. Head uniformly black form tip of blunt snout to just behind eyes. Red rings usually spotted with black. Scales smooth and shiny, in 15 rows. Anal plate divided.

 

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Copperhead

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22-53”. Stout-bodied; copper, orange, or pink-tinged, with bold chestnut or reddish-brown crossbands constricted on midline of back. Top of head unmarked. Facial pit between eye and nostril. Scales weakly keeled, in 23-25 rows. Anal plated single.

 

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Cottonmouth

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20-74 ½ “. A dark, heavy-bodied water snake; broad-based head is noticeable wider than neck. Olive, brown, or black above; pattern less or with serrated-edged dark crossbands. Wide light-bordered, dark-brown cheek stripe distinct, obscure, or absent. Head flat-topped; eyes with vertical pupils (not visible from directly above as are eyes of harmless water snakes); facial pit between eye and nostril. Young strongly pattered and bear bright yellow topped tails. Scales keeled, in 25 rows.

 

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Easter Diamondback Rattlesnake

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36-96”. Our largest rattler. Heavy-bodied with large head shapely distinct from neck. Back patterned with dark diamonds with light centers and prominently bordered by a row of cream to yellow scales. Prominent light diagonal lines on side of head. Vertical light line on snout. Scales keeled, in 27-29 rows.

 

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Timber Rattlesnake

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35-74 ½ “. Northern forms range from yellow though brown or gray to black, with dark back and side blotches on front of body and blotches fused to form crossbands on read of body. Head unmarked. Southern forms yellowish-, brownish- or pinkish- gray, with tan or reddish-brown back stripe dividing chevron like crossbands; dark stripe behind eye. Both forms have black tail Scales keeled, in 23-25 rows.

 

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Pigmy Rattlesnake

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15-30 7/8”. Small rattler; slender tail is tipped with a tiny rattle. Gray to reddish, with brown to black blotches along midline of back; 1-3 rows of spots on sides. Narrow reddish back stripe sometimes present. Reddish-brown to black bar extends from eye to rear of jaw; usually boarded below with white line. Top of head has 9 enlarged scales. Scales keeled in 21-25 rows. Anal plate singe.

 

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