Kingsnakes in Florida need your help as they have experienced population declines that biologists can’t explain, according to FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Kingsnakes were once widely distributed, but their range has contracted, and they apparently no longer occur in many areas with suitable habitats, according to the FWC.
Researchers are compiling observations of these animals to document their current distribution.
“Our biologists are interested in observations of Apalachicola, Eastern, and Florida Kingsnakes and will also accept reports of Mole Kingsnakes,” said FWC.
Although they vary in appearance, these kingsnake species have smooth scales and are typically black or dark brown with yellow or white bands, blotches, or speckles.
Adults are relatively large, typically three to five feet. Hatchlings may have a reddish hue or flecks in their pattern.
Note: They are not looking for observations of the smaller Scarlet Kingsnake, which is a coral snake mimic.
Use the Rare Snake Sightings app: https://public.myfwc.com/fwri/raresnakes/ to report your observations to the FWC.