The other day I went for a nature hike through some wooded trails. I encountered no less than three snakes in this 60 minute trek. Each one of them scattered when they realized I was walking down the path. People tend to think of snakes as an aggressive creature that is dangerous, and in some cases this may be true. But the large majority of snakes are harmless to humans and want to avoid contact with us.
I figured I would write this article detailing the snake population we have here in Brevard County. First I would like to talk about the non-venomous snakes in our area.
Florida is home to 46 species of snake. Only 6 of them are venomous. The snakes below are the most common non-venomous snakes in Florida. These are the snakes you are most likely to encounter while doing your everyday activities.
Southern Black Racer (main featured image)- This snake is solid black and grows to about 4-5 feet long. It is the one you will encounter just laying still in the sun. They use speed and agility to catch small creatures for food. They eat lizards, frogs, smaller snakes, and birds.
Southern Ring Necked Snakes (pictured right) – This snake is black with an orange or yellow ring around its neck. They are small and rarely grow to be longer than 12 inches. They are the most common snakes in Florida. They eat earthworms, slugs, snails and other very small creatures.
Red Rat Snakes (Corn Snakes)(for image click here)- These snakes are very common in urban areas and have reddish or orange blotches on their back. They are 3-5 feet long and as they get older the blotches turn into horizontal lines. As the name insists, they eat rats and other small creatures.
Garter Snakes (pictured right) – These are very common and can be seen in neighborhoods, walking paths and gardens. They grow to be 2-3 feet long. They usually have several colored stripes running down their body and one main colored stripe running down the middle of their back. They eat earthworms, bugs, frogs, lizards and other smaller creatures.
Stay tuned for part 2 of Snakes in Florida