Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, 09 July 2011

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda, the Mangrove salt marsh snake;
Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011).

Ranging throughout many of the mangrove-ladened stretches of the southern Florida peninsula coastline, the Mangrove salt marsh snake is a modest, non-venomous species well adapted to its salty habitat. The subspecies is extremely variable in coloration and patterning. This is a fairly dark individual (close to ecdysis of its scales), but others can be more gray-and-black patterned and even bright orange.

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