Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake);
Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020).

Nerodia watersnakes aren’t the only species of serpent to take up residence in brackish and salt marsh habitats. Featured here is an absolutely beautiful Red rat snake, Pantherophis guttatus, aka the Corn snake, I spotted along the edge of one of the larger, more-terrestrial salt marsh islands. Thankfully, Red rat snakes don’t tend to move too quickly, so I had ample time to swing around in the kayak, aim for a mud bank clearing, and make an awkward landing to get my hands on this gorgeous strip of red and orange. 

Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

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