Two women recently found and photographed a rare rainbow snake in Florida. This is the first time since 1969 that this species has been seen in the area.
According to a Facebook post by FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Tracey Cauthen spotted the 4-foot colorful rainbow snake while hiking in the Ocala National Forest. The Daily Mail reports that she was accompanied by Rebecca Boyer when she stumbled upon the rare snake. this one which has a iridescent blue-black back with red and yellow stripes
“The Florida Museum of Natural History confirms that this is the first record of this species in Marion County since 1969,” the organization wrote. The museum also said the rainbow snake was non-venomous and harmless. They speculated that a recent change in the water level in the Rodman Reservoir might have caused the “high water” snakes to leave their hiding places.
Rainbow snake sightings in Florida are significant, not just because these creatures are elusive. but also because they are presumed extinct in the area as well.
The Center for Biodiversity in Florida petitioned to protect the South Florida rainbow snake under the Endangered Species Act in 2010. A thorough survey is required to back it up. In addition, the Center offered a reward of $500 for conclusive proof of the animal’s existence.
The sightings of Cauthen and Ms Boyer marked the first time in 50 years that rainbow snakes had been seen in the area.
according to the Florida Museum The iridescent snake, also known as “eel moccasin” for eel food, is a reptile. “Big and thick” that grow up to 40-54 inches.