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What kind of snakes are endangered or protected in Florida?

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The Eastern Indigo Snake is the longest North American Snake. The Eastern Indigo Snake can grow as long as 8 feet in length. It is currently on the endangered species list.

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The eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) is a species of large nonvenomous colubrid snake native to the Eastern United States. It is of note as being the longest native snake species in the U.S.

The eastern indigo snake has an even blue-black coloration, with some specimens having a reddish-orange to tan color on the throat, cheeks, and chin. This snake received its name from the glossy iridescent blackish-purple sheen it displays in bright light. This smooth-scaled snake is considered to be the longest native snake species in the United States. The longest recorded specimen measured 2.8 m (9.2 ft). Unlike many snakes, mature male indigo snakes are slightly larger than females. A typical mature male measures 2.13–2.36 m (7.0–7.7 ft) and weighs 3.2–4.5 kg (7.1–9.9 lb), whereas a mature female typically measures around 2 m (6.6 ft) in length and weighs 1.8–2.7 kg (4.0–6.0 lb). In specimens over 2.6 m (8.5 ft), these snakes can weigh up to 5 kg (11 lb). Although the indigo snake is heavier on average, unusually large specimens of the co-occurring Eastern diamondback rattlesnake can outweigh them.

The eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) is a species of large nonvenomous colubrid snake native to the Eastern United States. It is of note as being the longest native snake species in the U.S.

The eastern indigo snake has an even blue-black coloration, with some specimens having a reddish-orange to tan color on the throat, cheeks, and chin. This snake received its name from the glossy iridescent blackish-purple sheen it displays in bright light. This smooth-scaled snake is considered to be the longest native snake species in the United States. The longest recorded specimen measured 2.8 m (9.2 ft). Unlike many snakes, mature male indigo snakes are slightly larger than females. A typical mature male measures 2.13–2.36 m (7.0–7.7 ft) and weighs 3.2–4.5 kg (7.1–9.9 lb), whereas a mature female typically measures around 2 m (6.6 ft) in length and weighs 1.8–2.7 kg (4.0–6.0 lb). In specimens over 2.6 m (8.5 ft), these snakes can weigh up to 5 kg (11 lb). Although the indigo snake is heavier on average, unusually large specimens of the co-occurring Eastern diamondback rattlesnake can outweigh them.

Squamata Colubrids Herpetology

The United States is a country in the Northern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere, and the Eastern Hemisphere. It consists of forty-eight contiguous states in North America, Alaska, a peninsula which forms the northwestern most part of North America, and Hawaii, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. There are several United States territories in the Pacific and Caribbean. The term "United States", when used in the geographical sense, means the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands of the United States. The country shares land borders with Canada and Mexico and maritime (water) borders with Russia, Cuba, and the Bahamas in addition to Canada and Mexico.

D. caudomaculatus
D. corais
D. couperi
D. melanurus
    D. m. erebennus

Coluber, Compsosoma, Georgia, Spilotes

The Snake is a major river of the greater Pacific Northwest in the United States. At 1,078 miles (1,735 km) long, it is the largest tributary of the Columbia River, the largest North American river that empties into the Pacific Ocean. Rising in western Wyoming, the river flows through the Snake River Plain then rugged Hells Canyon and the rolling Palouse Hills to reach its mouth at the Tri-Cities of the state of Washington. Its drainage basin encompasses parts of six U.S. states, and its average discharge is over 54,000 cubic feet per second (1,500 m3/s).

Rugged mountains divided by rolling plains characterize the physiographically diverse watershed of the Snake River. The Snake River Plain was created by a volcanic hotspot which now lies underneath Yellowstone National Park, the headwaters of the Snake River. Gigantic glacial-retreat flooding episodes that occurred during the previous Ice Age carved out many topographical features including various canyons and ridges along the middle and lower Snake. Two of these catastrophic flooding events significantly affected the river and its surrounds.

The cribo is a member of the Drymarchon genus, as is the Indigo snake of the Southeastern United States.

Within this genus the Yellowtail cribo holds the distinction of being the longest, as it has been known to reach 10 feet (3.05m) in length. Its cousin, the Indigo snake, is the longest snake in North America, as the cribo's distribution is limited to Central and South America.

The Blacktail cribo is a large tropical colubrid snake from Central America. Its coloration changes gradually from golden brown at the head to black at the tail. It is a type of indigo snake reaching 8 feet in length although larger specimens up to 10 feet may be possible . The various subspecies of indigo snake range from South America, Central America, Mexico, Texas and into the southeastern United States. The more well known eastern indigo snake is an endangered and protected species requiring special permits to keep in captivity. Does well in captivity and will eat frozen/thawed rodents. In the wild these snakes will eat almost anything they can catch and overpower including frogs, fish, lizards, other snakes, birds, eggs, and rodents. The young can be high strung but will calm down with regular handling and can make good pets. Captive bred specimens are becoming increasingly available for purchase due to the many hobbyists who engage in breeding snakes. This reduces pressure on wild populations. Wild caught ones are often stressed from capture and shipping conditions and may carry a high parasite load and require medication. This particular subspecies comes from Central America. Has a fast metabolism and requires a lot of food. Is an active species similar to the various racers. Care is basically the same as for an eastern indigo. Requires a large cage and a hide box. Feeding response is generally aggressive. Non venomous and also not a constrictor. Overpowers and swallows its prey alive. Has a fairly strong and unpleasant bite and may mistake your hand for food. The head has some patterning, black lines exist on some infralabial scales - they look like 3 eyelashes on each side. Is an egg layer and the young are about 8-10 inches at hatching. Follow link below for more information. The photo on the front page of the following link shows a child handling a large specimen. Even a very large specimen is not dangerous in the sense that large constrictors such as pythons can be - the worst you can get from them is a bite - this photo shows how tame they can become.

http://www.indigosforever.org/index.php?ind=gallery&op=foto_show&ida=212

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