The snake hasn’t been seen in 50 years
A rare species of snake was spotted in a Florida national forest for the first time in 50 years. The rainbow snake is a non-venomous snake that is mostly found in water environments and is often referred to as the eel moccasin because of its tendency to feed on eels. Adult rainbow snakes can grow up to 40 to 50 inches and is usually harmless to humans. It can be found along the coast from Louisiana to Maryland but is mostly found along the panhandle in Florida.
Another snake species has taken over the Everglades and is a much more unwelcome guest in Florida’s diverse range of wildlife. The burmese python is a non-native, invasive species in Florida and they have grown to unimaginable numbers in the delicate ecosystem that is the Everglades. The snakes were first brought to America as an exotic pet during the 1980s when the exotic pet industry began to grow substantially.
Elusive rainbow snake spotted in Florida national forest
A rare rainbow snake was spotted slithering through a Florida forest last week, marking the first time in 50 years the multicolored serpent has been seen in the area, experts said.
Tracey Cauthen stumbled upon the 4-foot rainbow snake (farancia erytrogramma) during a hike at Ocala National Forest in Marion County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) research institute wrote on Facebook.
Summary: A rare species of snake was spotted in a Florida national forest for the first time in 50 years. The rainbow snake is a non-venomous snake that is mostly found in water environments.
— Times of News Europe (@TimesEurope) February 25, 2020
How Burmese Pythons Took Over the Everglades
Starting in the 1980s, the swamps of the South Florida Everglades have been overrun by one of the most damaging invasive species the region has ever seen: the Burmese python. These massive snakes, which can grow to 20 feet long or more, with telephone-pole-sized girths, have all but decimated the region’s small- and medium-sized mammal population, wreaking havoc with the area’s ecosystem.
That ecosystem, the Florida Everglades, is the largest national park east of California, commanding some 1.5 million acres—or about one-and-a-half times the size of Rhode Island. Learn more
Summary: The burmese python is a non-native, invasive species in Florida and they have grown to unimaginable numbers in the delicate ecosystem that is the Everglades.
— INVAS Biosecurity (@INVASBio) February 21, 2020