Eastern Indigo Snake

Drymarchon corais couperi

This marvelous blue-black snake is the longest non-venomous snake found in the United States, reaching lengths of up to nine feet. There may be a slight red or cream-colored area on the chin or cheeks.  It hunts for small mammals, birds, frogs, fish, and even other snakes during the day.

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At night, and during the winter months, indigo snakes often coil up in a gopher tortoise or armadillo burrow for shelter.  The Eastern indigo snake is native to Florida and southeastern Georgia.  Here, in an open shaded sandy area, the female can lay 4 to 12 eggs between April and June that are each about three inches long.  They hatch around August or September and become full grown after two to three years.

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lengthLength: 6.5 to 9 ft
weightWeight: 4 to 9 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 10 yrs
habitatHabitat: Prairie, marsh, woodlands
dietDiet: Fish, frogs, small alligators and other snakes
exclamationRisk Status: Species @ Risk (U.S. Endangered Species Act—Threatened)