Spring Break 2023: Lampropeltis elapsoides

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake;
Monroe county, Florida (13 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023

Next up was a lovely, attitudinal Scarlet kingsnake. This little snake was actually found by another random guy trolling about the After Hours of Big Cypress in search of snakes. Not to be confused with the venomous Eastern coral snake, the Scarlet kingsnake is a non-venomous species that can be quite active during the first few hours after sunset. As you can see below, some Scarlet kingsnakes can also be quite reactive.Heh. I had a tough time photographing this individual, which is a shame because its dorsal markings were really, really exquisite. Note how the black bands bleed into one another in the dorsal picture below. In central Florida, where I live, I rarely see that kind of black-red-black bleeding. The bands are usually quite distinct.

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