Scarlet Snake

Common Name: 
Scarlet Snake
Scientific Name: 

Cemophora coccinea

Category: 
Mimic snakes
Identification: 

14-22 inches. Series of black, red and whitish crossbands on the back and sides, with each red and white band bordered on either side by black; white below; snout red and pointed; scales smooth and in 19 rows

Habits: 

Scarlet snakes occur in pine or mixed woods, and apparently remain concealed in burrows by day, venturing out at night. They are not known to bite. They feed upon the eggs of lizards and other snakes, and lay from 3-11 eggs.

Distribution: 

The eastern Florida Parishes and upland areas of central and northern Louisiana.

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Scarlet Snake
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