Photos by P. Hill (upper photo) and John Jensen (lower photo). Photos may not be used for any purpose without the express written permission of the photographer.
Usually 1–2 ft. (max. 3 ft.)
Body is grayish-brown and is sometimes marked with faint darker stripes. Sides are marked with a distinct yellow-tan stripe that contrasts sharply with the dark back. Pale belly is marked with a double row of dark spots; belly of older individuals may be dark, obscuring the spots. Scales have obvious lengthwise ridges (keels). This snake gives birth to live young (does not lay eggs).
Found in the western panhandle of Florida in hardwood forests along sandy or hard-bottomed streams where crayfish prey are plentiful. It is sometimes found in bottomland forests and cypress swamps.
Map by Monica E. McGarrity - may be used freely for education.