Rainbow Snake

Common Name: 
Rainbow Snake
Scientific Name: 

Farancia erytrogramma

Category: 
Miscellaneous Harmless Snakes
Identification: 

25-60 inches. Shiny black above with three longitudinal red stripes; yellow below and on the lower sides; underside with several rows of black spots; scales smooth and in 19 rows.

Habits: 

Rainbow snakes are rarely seen, and apparently spend most of their time in water or concealed within stream banks and root systems overhanging streams and rivers with relatively clear water. They feed primarily on freshwater eels, and lay from 22-52 eggs.

Distribution: 

The Florida Parishes as far west as the Comite River.

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