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Southeastern Crowned Snake
(Tantilla coronata)


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Southeastern Crowned Snake

photo of southeastern crowned snake showing tan body, dark head, and dark collar

 Photo by Dirk Stevenson. This photo may not be used without the express written permission of the photographer


Usually 8 – 12 in. (max. 13 in.)


Slender body is tan to reddish brown. Head and neck are brown-black, and a pale band separates the black head from the black collar on the neck. Scales are smooth. Florida’s three crowned snake species are very similar in appearance, so be sure to check the range map for help with identification. This snake lays eggs.


Found in the panhandle of Florida, usually in dry habitats with plenty of stump holes, fallen logs, and other debris for cover, including pinewoods and hardwood hammocks. It may also be found in more moist habitats in and around marshes, swamps, creeks, and rivers. This secretive snake spends most of its time underground or under debris.


Worms, snails, centipedes, spiders, insects and their larvae

map showing that southeastern crowned snakes are found only in the panhandle in Florida

Map by Monica E. McGarrity - may be used freely for education.

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