The Florida Scarlet Snake, 18 April 2015

Cemophora coccinea coccinea, the Florida scarlet snake;
Lake county, Florida (18 April 2015).

Not even reaching two feet in length as a grown adult, the Florida scarlet snake, Cemophora coccinea coccinea, is a small and reclusive non-venomous snake. As is the case with the Scarlet kingsnake (Lampropeltis elapsoides), the Florida scarlet snake is often confused with the venomous Harlequin coral snake (Micrurus fulvius) because of its tri-colored patterning. They spend the vast majority of their time hidden under debris during the day and typically only come out of hiding at night. It’s not entirely uncommon to find Florida scarlet snakes patrolling the edges of backwoods highways throughout the central Florida night.

To compare and contrast Florida scarlet snakes from Scarlet kingsnake, check out this page. To do the same with Florida scarlets, Scarlet kings, and Harlequin coral snakes, check out this page. Those are links to little one-sheet graphics I made for social media purposes.

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