Other common names

Striped crayfish snake

Basic description

Most adult striped swampsnakes are about 13-20 inches (33-51 cm) in total length. These small snakes are glossy brownish-yellow with three broad, dark stripes, one down the back and one along each side. The lower sides are yellowish-tan. The head appears small relative to the body, but the eyes are relatively large. The lip scales are yellow and contrast sharply with the brown color of the head. Juveniles are similar to adults.

coiled snake with brown stripes
Striped swampsnake. Photo courtesy of Todd Pierson.

Range in Florida

Striped swampsnakes occur throughout the Florida peninsula and into the extreme eastern Panhandle. They do not occur in the Florida Keys.

Assessment of risk to people and pets

Non-venomous. Striped swampsnakes are not dangerous to people or pets.

Comparison with other species

small black snake with yellow belly
Photo courtesy of Luke Smith.

Glossy swampsnake (Liodytes rigida) Glossy swampsnakes are glossy brown to olive brown, with a faint dark stripe down the back and down each side. The scales on the body are keeled, and the belly is yellow or cream colored with two rows of small black half-moon-shaped markings.

small black snake with an orange belly
Photo courtesy of Luke Smith.

Black swampsnake (Liodytes pygaea) Black swampsnakes are glossy black with bright red bellies

Share your observations

You can help scientists better understand the biology and distribution of this species by sharing your observations. Send photos or videos of interesting observations, along with associated information, by emailing the herpetology staff at the Florida Museum for documentation in the Museum’s Herpetology Master Database. You can also post your observations on iNaturalist.

Additional helpful information

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