In this Issue:
  • What’s Up With the Rattlesnakes?
  • It is March and Snakes are on the Move
  • The Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)
  • Bringing the Indigo Back to the Panhandle
  • Snakes

    What’s Up With the Rattlesnakes?

    In the past week, three eastern diamondback rattlesnakes were encountered near the Ft. Pickens area on Pensacola Beach. The first was at a condominium unit near the park gate where construction work was occurring, the second was found swimming in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico within the national seashore, and the third was …

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    It is March and Snakes are on the Move

    Most people know that snakes are ectothermic and the environment is what regulates their body temperature. However, many do not know that they like to maintain their temperature close to 98 F like us.  To do this they must move to locations where they can either warm (like basking in the sun or lying on …

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    The Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

    Also known as the Water Moccasin, this is a snake that is all too familiar with most Floridians… Or is it? Several non-venomous water snakes are often confused with the cottonmouth and are thus killed.  That said, cottonmouths are common in the state near areas of water and many residents do have encounters with them. …

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    Bringing the Indigo Back to the Panhandle

    With great interest I read this week that the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation in central Florida has begun a project to reintroduce the federally listed Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais cooper) to the Florida Panhandle; where there have been no verified sightings since the late ‘90s. The Eastern Indigo is the largest nonvenomous snake …

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