Diamond Head Snake With Black Ad White Checker Board Bottom And Red-orange With Gray And Black Top--in Florida?


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James Milford answered
Florida is home to many different species of snakes - the most common serpent matching this description is the red-orange corn snake. This particular breed is part of the North American Rat Snake family, and it kills its prey by wrapping its body around a victim and squeezing it to death. These reptiles gained the name "corn snakes” because they were often found feeding on the rats that would congregate in cornfields. Although this snake can bite, it is generally mild-mannered; in fact, many people choose to keep this colorful species as a pet. A typical corn snake will attain a length of 3 ½ to 6 feet. The underbelly of an authentic corn snake will show a unique black and white checkerboard pattern.

You can find these slithery creatures in various Florida environments, including fields, woodlands, and trees. Corn snakes have some climbing ability, so they may be found near rocky cliffs or wrapped around high tree branches. Corn snakes are indigenous to the Florida Keys region; they can also be found in Southern states, such as South Carolina. Florida corn snakes come in different types - for example, the Miami Phase corn snake will have a reddish-orange skin with gray or silver colorations.  

Sometimes, people think corn snakes are venomous copperheads; they may kill the serpents because they perceive them as being dangerous. In the Florida Keys, corn snakes actually appear on a list of species whose environments and habitats are being lost or damaged - however, they are not technically an endangered species…instead, they appear on a list known as Species Of Special Concern. Corn snakes are not venomous creatures - they feed on warm-blooded animals using their main defense…their powerful constriction ability. Mice and moles are popular meals for Florida corn snakes. Corn snakes are mostly diurnal - this means they are active in the daylight hours. Dawn is a busy time for these red-orange reptiles; they enjoy burrowing in low-lying areas, or moving through empty buildings.
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Corn snake. The sign is the checker board belly, I actually just found one myself and got online a checked. I found mine in northern georgia and its very similar to your description. The best I can figure from all I have seen so far is that the colors vary slightly but they all have the checker board belly of black and white unlike our other regional snakes

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