Short-tailed Snake – Lampropeltis extenuata
The short-tailed snake is a harmless kingsnake that is endemic to Florida and only eats other snakes of the genus Tantilla. Very little is known about this snake except that its habitat is disappearing fast! They occur in the sandhills of Florida which unfortunately is exactly where humans like to put houses and shopping centers. The short-tailed snake pictured above is an anerythristic individual so it does not have the orange blotches that these snakes typically can have.
Check out the photos on the Florida Museum of Natural History website for photos of more typical short-tailed snakes (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-guide/lampropeltisextenuata.htm). A neat snake that the Center for Snake Conservation will continue to watch out for as we do not know much about it or its conservation needs.
Photo by Zack West.
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