Glossy Crayfish Snake

Common Name: 
Glossy Crayfish Snake
Scientific Name: 

Regina rigida

Category: 
Water Snakes
Identification: 

15-30 inches. Dark gray or dark olive to nearly black above with vague, dark longitudinal bands; dull yellow or pale tan below and on the lowermost scale row; underside with two rows of black spots. Entirely black individuals are occasionally found in the southeastern part of the State. The keeled scales are in 19 rows.

Habits: 

Crayfish snakes are chiefly nocturnal and inhabit swamps and bayous. They spend the day hidden in crawfish burrows, water hyacinths and damp leaf litter near shore. They give birth to 6-14 young.

Distribution: 

Throughout the state except for dry, upland portions away from water, and the salt marshes.

Glossy Crayfish Snake
Glossy Crayfish Snake
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