Rhadinaea flavilata, 09 May 2016

Rhadinaea flavilata, the Pine woods snake;
Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2016).

Florida certainly has no shortage of reptilian biodiversity, and our reptiles come in all sizes and colors. When people think of snakes, they tend to imagine big, impressive rattlesnakes and perhaps even large rat snakes. Not all snakes carry such a robust stature, however. Consider this species, the Pine woods snake, Rhadinaea flavilata. This species only averages upwards to around 12 inches or so; they’re usually a bit smaller than even that. Further, this is one of our more-reclusive, somewhat-subterranean species. Pine woods snakes spend much of their time hidden beneath surface debris such as fallen bark, logs, and rocks. As surprising as it may seem, this species is also rear fanged, but they don’t really pose any risk to people whatsoever. The fangs are used to subdue its natural prey (small lizards, frogs, and even insects), and they don’t really even try to bite people when handled. The Pine woods snake is also considered to be somewhat uncommon; however, when you do find one, odds are significant there are plenty more nearby. In my experience, they’re an all-or-nothing species. You can go quite a distance and not find any, and then, BAM! They’re everywhere. I’m fortunate to have a decent population in my neighborhood. I’m always pleased to find one slinking around the underbrush in my backyard.

Learn more about the Pine woods snake.

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