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Swamp Snake (Seminatrix pygaea)
Black Swamp Snake
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SWAMP SNAKE FACTSDescription
The Swamp Snake is the only species in the Seminatrix genus. There are three subspecies: South Florida Swamp Snake (Seminatrix pygaea cyclas), Carolina Swamp Snake (Seminatrix pygaea paludis), North Florida Swamp Snake (Seminatrix pygaea pygaea). They are small thin snakes. Color is uniformly black, with a bright orange or red underside. They are almost entirely aquatic and spend most of their time amongst dense vegetation in cypress swamps.
35cm - 38cm
heavily vegetated swampland
eats small fish, tadpoles, frogs, salamanders, sirens, invertebrates including leeches and earthworms.
Seminatrix are ovoviviparous and give birth to live young in shallow water.
Swamp snakes are found in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida on the east coast of the United States.
Non-venomous and harmless to humans.