Tag Archive: snakes

Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

Also known as the Water Moccasin, this is a snake that is all too familiar with most Floridians… Or is it? Several non-venomous water snakes are often confused with the cottonmouth and are thus killed.  That said, cottonmouths are common in the state near areas of water and many residents do have encounters with them. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/07/31/cottonmouth-agkistrodon-piscivorus/

Bringing the Indigo Back to the Panhandle

With great interest I read this week that the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation in central Florida has begun a project to reintroduce the federally listed Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais cooper) to the Florida Panhandle; where there have been no verified sightings since the late ‘90s. The Eastern Indigo is the largest nonvenomous snake …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/08/21/bringing-the-indigo-back-to-the-panhandle/

Do Constricting Snakes Really Kill Their Prey by Suffocation?

Most people, including myself, have been taught this. Snakes are in an unusual situation of trying to kill prey with no hands or claws. A few can inject venom, others either swallow it whole (such as an egg) or the coil around their prey “suffocating” it – or so we thought. It has been my …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/08/14/do-constricting-snakes-really-kill-their-prey-by-suffocation/

Fall Season Can Mean More Snake Encounters

In the last few weeks we have received an increase in calls about snake encounters. Most of these have dealt with small juvenile snakes folks are finding on their property, or in their homes, but we are also hearing about large ones.     Most of the 56 species of snakes found in the southeastern …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/10/10/fall-season-can-mean-more-snake-encounters/

Snake Watch – June 16, 2014

SNAKE SEEKING NEAR CANTONMENT FLORIDA   We are quickly approaching the warmer months of summer and the high temperatures that come with it.  In the higher temperatures snakes will seek shelter; venturing out more often during the cooler mornings and evenings and during rain events.  This week I searched the Langley Bell 4-H Camp and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/06/16/snake-watch-june-16-2014/

Heavy Flooding Can Mean Snakes in the Yard

This week Escambia County experienced one of the more devastating rain events in recent memory.  The community is facing issues such as erosion, lost roadways, and flooded structures but there is another we need to be aware of… wildlife.  When water rises many animals will seek high ground; fire ants are one many have already …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/05/02/heavy-flooding-can-mean-snakes-in-the-yard/


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking for help in tracking the occurrence of four species of snakes.  The eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the Florida pine snake, the short-tailed snake, and the southern hognose snake.  All four snakes are considered rare and are listed with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory .  The purpose of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2013/09/20/request-for-snake-sightings/