Common Snakes of Florida
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Common Snakes of Florida

If you are considering moving to the state of Florida you should be aware that there are many species of snakes that live within the boundaries of the state. In fact, there are 50 different species that reside within the state of Florida, but only six of these are considered venomous. This means that 44 of the snakes that are found there are not hazardous to you, but it is still good to know about the different snakes that exist.



The most commonly found snake within the state is called the racer. This is most abundantly found around the city of Miami. This snake does most of its foraging during the day and will hunt small animals such as frogs, mice, and larger insects. This reptile is commonly blue or black in color and poses no real danger to you should you come upon it. While not dangerous, you should be aware that if they are trapped they will continuously bite to try to get away. This cannot seriously injure you but can be quite painful while it is occurring.

The ringneck snake is found in many parts of the state. This snake gets its name from a circular necklace looking discoloration near the head area of the reptile. These are usually black snakes with an orange ringneck. They, too, are also not dangerous to people at all and can reach as big as 6 inches in length.

The eastern coral snake is commonly found throughout the state of Florida, and is most frequently seen by people in their backyards. Normally averaging between 20 and 30 inches, these reptiles can become as long as 48 inches. They eat primarily lizards and other snakes and usually try to find places where they are not easily found. They are also not dangerous to people.

Some of the other commonly found snakes in Florida are the wrath snakes. These include the gray, red, and yellow which get their distinctive names based upon the appearance of the snake itself these three creatures are found throughout the state, even in largely inhabited areas.

Of course, while Florida has a large number of non-venomous snakes, there are those that can be quite dangerous should people come in contact with them. There were three different kinds of rattlesnakes that are found in Florida, which include the canebrake, Eastern diamondback, and dusky pygmy. All of these can be quite dangerous to people should they be bitten by them, as can the Florida cottonmouth snake and the southern copperhead. The other kind of poisonous snake that is found is the eastern coral. All of these can be quite dangerous and should you be bitten you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Read more: Snake Control, Venomous Snakes of Florida, How to Identify Snakes, How to Kill Snakes.


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