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1. racer
2. ringneck snake
3. cornsnake
4. Brahminy blind snake
5. Florida green watersnake
6. Florida watersnake
7. pine snake

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Racer (Coluber coluber), Fairchild Gardens, 2008.  This snake is the most common snake seen in Miami because it is diurnal and common within the city.  It hunts by actively forging, which means it is very possible to see it as it is forging during the day.
ringneck snake
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ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus punctatus), Bill Baggs Park, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, USA. This little snake is one of the most common snakes that I have seen in the Miami area.  On this day I saw two ringnecks and one racer (the most common snake that I have seen). As shown on the bottom photo, the line of dots in the middle of the belly scales differentiates the southern (punctatus) from other subspecies.  This individual was about 17-18cm long.
elaphe guttata
corn snake
corn snake
elaphe guttata
elaphe guttata
corn snake (Elaphe guttata) , Everglades National Park, Florida. I saw this one on the road at night. He was small at barely 2 feet long long. He was a only slightly defensive as corn snakes usually are when first caught.

The usual identification marks to identify corn snakes is the spear-shaped pattern between the eyes on the head. The other mark is the postocular orange stripe laced with black. This stripe does not extend in front of the eye.
 


worm snake
Brahminy blind snake (Ramphotyphlops braminus), Brickell, FL, USA.

This snake is an exotic that hitches rides between geographic locations in the potting soil of nursery plants. It is only 10 cm long, so even small plants can serves as a dispersal agent. The all-female species reproduces parthenogenetically, which means that the females do not require a male to produce viable eggs. The eggs only receive genetic material from the mother.

racer
black racer (Coluber constrictor), South Miami, FL, USA.  The most common snake in south Florida, inhabiting neighborhoods with no apparent problem.  Its diurnal and highly active behavior makes it the most seen snakes species as well.
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racer
Racer (Coluber coluber), Fairchild Gardens, 2008. They can be rather agressive i corners. If coaght, it will bite repeatedly.f 
banded watersnake
florida watersnake
Florida watersnake Nerodia fasciata
Florida watersnake (Nerodia faciata pictiventris),  Everglades, FL, USA, 2007. In one night I saw 9 live snakes and 13 dead.  The most species seen was the Florida watersnake (5 live and 10).
pine snake
Pine snake pituophis melanoleucus mugitus
This is my first pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus), Everglades National Park, Florida. It was only approx. 40cm long. I have caught numerous gopher snakes in the West, but I have never caught any of its eastern cousins.

A hour of driving the road from the Homestead entrance to Flamingo produced 7 snakes.

1 pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus)
1 corn snake (Elaphe guttata)
1 green water snake (Nerodia floridana)
3 Eastern gartersnakes (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)
1 Florida water snake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris)

Florida green water snake
florida green water snake
nerodia floridana
Florida green water snake (Nerodia floridana), Everglades National Park, Florida. This small water snake was showed its true colors once caught. It bit and secreted musk immediately.
 
worm snake
worm snake



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