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.
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.
Where to see them: Otto M. Budig Manatee Springs
Length: 6.5 to 9 ft
Weight: 4 to 9 lbs
Lifespan: 15 to 21 yrs
Habitat: Prairie, marsh, woodlands
Diet: Fish, frogs, small alligators and other snakes
Risk Status: Species @ Risk (U.S. Endangered Species Act—Threatened)
Snake-eating Snake: The Eastern indigo snake can eat other snakes, including venomous ones, thanks to a high degree of immunity.