The First Rainbow Snake Since 1969 Has Been Seen In Florida’s Ocala National Forest

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The First Rainbow Snake Since 1969 Has Been Seen In Florida’s Ocala National Forest

The elusive species, which hasn't been seen since 1969, has made its first appearance on social media

Florida is a fantastic place for wildlife enthusiasts and a new discovery has snake fans thrilled. The rainbow snake has been spotted in Ocala National Forest for the first time since 1969!

"Rainbow snakes are highly-aquatic, spending most of their life hidden amongst aquatic vegetation; seldom seen, even by herpetologists, due to their cryptic habits," according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research institute.

Biologists speculate that the snake, also nicknamed the "eel moccasin," slithered its way into the forest after a recent change in water levels in the Rodman Reservoir.

From the Reptiles Magazine article:

The rainbow snake, also known as the eel moccasin, is a non-venomous colubrid snake that is primarily aquatic and feeds on eels, frogs, tadpoles and other amphibians. In addition to being a strong swimmer, the reptile is a proficient burrower as well. It grows to about 36-48 inches (91–122 cm) in length, with larger specimens reaching up to 66 inches (168 cm). They are said to inhabit tidal mud flats, creeks, lakes and marshes.

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