Cemophora coccinea coccinea, the Florida scarlet snake;
Lake county, Florida (18 April 2015).
The Florida scarlet snake is a non-venomous subspecies ranging throughout the peninsula. Though they are often misidentified as being venomous coral snakes, a closer look at the head will reveal a world of difference between the two — in both shape and coloring. Note the relatively flattened and shovel-like curve of the Florida scarlet snake’s frontal red snout. This is in stark contrast to the coral’s extremely dark, blunt snout.