FWC: Researchers Determine Current Distribution, Status of Three Snake Species In Florida

By  //  November 5, 2015

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This is a southern hognose snake that was found during the Florida Fish and Wildlife's 2015 upland snake survey. (MyFWC image)

This is a southern hognose snake that was found during the Florida Fish and Wildlife’s 2015 upland snake survey. (MyFWC image)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Researchers are primarily trying to detect southern hognose snakes using drift fence arrays, and the team selected two sites without any records and two sites with recent records.

No southern hognose snakes were found during the Florida Fish and Wildlife’s 2014 upland snake survey, so finding one this year was a cause for celebration.

This survey will help determine the current distribution and status for upland snake species that have been petitioned for federal listing.

These species include the Florida pine snake, southern hognose snake and eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

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Three eastern coachwhip snakes and an eastern hognose snake found in a center box trap in May 2015. (MyFWC image)

Three eastern coachwhip snakes and an eastern hognose snake found in a center box trap in May 2015. (MyFWC image)

Bess Harris holds up a Florida pine snake found in sandhill habitat in northern Florida. (MyFWC image)

Bess Harris holds up a Florida pine snake found in sandhill habitat in northern Florida. (MyFWC image)


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