Cemophora coccinea copei, 28 May 2013

Cemophora coccinea copei, the Northern scarlet snake;
Lowndes county, Georgia (28 May 2013).

A bonus to being in Valdosta for a few years was this little one. This is a young Northern scarlet snake, Cemophora coccinea copei, that had been discovered by local Grand Bay WMA staff hiding in a wood chip pile. Scarlet snakes are entirely non-venomous (and often confused as being venomous coral snakes). In peninsular Florida, where I grew up and where I currently reside, we have the Florida subspecies, C. c. coccinea, so it was a treat getting to see a super-young Northern scarlet snake for once. Needless to say, it was adorable.

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