The Eastern Indigo Snake of The Florida Everglades

The Eastern Indigo Snake found in the Florida Everglades is a federally protected species. It is a non venomous, thick bodied snake up to 8 ft. long. The Eastern Indigo Snake is shiny bluish-black in coloration on its back and belly, though a portion of the belly may be red or cream colored. The coloring on its chin or side of its head may be blue, black, red, cream, or white.

These rare snakes are protected by the Endagered Species Act (ESA).

It is violation to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, capture, or collect endangered or threatened species.

If you encounter the Eastern Indigo Snake, do not approach it. Cease activities, document the sighting, and allow it sufficient time to move away from the area on its own.

If you see an Eastern Indigo that has been trapped, injured, or killed, immediately call the USFWS at 772-562-3909 or the FWC at 561-625-5122.

According to the FWC, these snakes like to burrow into hollowed out logs in the pine rocklands and hammocks. They like to lay eggs in the holes of gopher tortoises. They sometimes steal and eat turtle eggs, and they also like to eat small mammals, frogs, turtles, and even small alligators. Basically anything they can fit in their mouth, not including salad or tree shrubs.

They are a native species all throughout Florida and southern Georgia, and they are considered imperiled. Peril is a state of danger, so if you see one of these, steer clear, and go on about your business.

By Jacob Katel

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