If there was ever a bright side to the COVID-19 pandemic, it must be that our planet finally has the time to recover from years of abuse. The examples of that are abundant. This time it’s a rainbow snake who has been spotted roaming Florida’s Ocala National Forest for the very first time in 51 years!
Being exceptional swimmers, rainbow snakes, also known as eel moccasin, spend most of their time in the water. Or as The Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute wrote: “Rainbow snakes are highly-aquatic, spending most of their life hidden amongst aquatic vegetation; seldom seen, even by herpetologists, due to their cryptic habits.” The rainbow snake’s diet consists mainly of amphibians such as toads, frogs, tadpoles, and other aquatic creatures.
In their report on the event, the Reptile Magazine wrote: “In addition to being a strong swimmer, the reptile is a proficient burrower as well. It grows to about 36-48 inches (91–122 cm) in length, with larger specimens reaching up to 66 inches (168 cm). They are said to inhabit tidal mud flats, creeks, lakes and marshes.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute happily informed their fans about the fortunate event on their official Facebook page. They speculate that the fact that the rainbow snake has been spotted, is a result of the recent change in water levels at the nearby Rodman reservoir:
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