About This Guide

This Online Guide to Fla. Snakes was compiled, edited and formatted by Kenneth L. Krysko and F. Wayne King, Division of Herpetology, 1659 Museum Rd, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.

The suggested citation for the Guide is:

Krysko, Kenneth L., and F. Wayne King. 2014. Online Guide to the Snakes of Florida. Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA. [Online: September 2014] Available at: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology.

The individual species accounts were authored by students who enrolled in the University of Florida 'Herpetology' (Natural History of Reptiles and Amphibians) class or who worked in the FLMNH Division of Herpetology.

The following individuals wrote the species accounts for:

  • Kareem R. Abdelfattah — Mud Snake, Farancia abacura
  • Tamatha Barbeau &mdash Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix, Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus.
  • Jamie Barichivich &mdash Queen Snake, Regina septemvittata, and Pine Woods Snake, Rhadinaea flavilata.
  • Michael Cherkiss &mdash Florida Crowned Snakes, Tantilla relicta.
  • Cheryl K. Cheshire &mdash Black Swamp Snake, Seminatrix pygaea.
  • Valerie C. Clark &mdash Black Pine Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi, and Northern Redbelly snake, Storeria o. occipitomaculata.
  • Kevin Coleman &mdash Rough Greensnakes, Opheodrys aestivus.
  • Geoff Davidson &mdash Florida Green Water Snake, Mississippi Green Water Snake, Midland Water Snake, Redbelly Water Snake, Yellowbelly Water Snake, and Brown Water Snake, Nerodia floridanaN. cyclopion, N. sipedon pleuralis, N. e. erythrogaster, N. e. flavigaster, and N. taxispilota, respectively.
  • Jennifer Farrington &mdash Ringneck snakes, Diadophis punctatus.
  • Ali Hamilton &mdash Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi.
  • Al Kinlaw &mdash Eastern Coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum.
  • Gregg S. Klowden &mdash Indigo Snake, Drymarchon couperi, Eastern and Southern Hognose snakes, Heterodon platirhinos and H. simus.
  • Kenneth L. Krysko — Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea, Eastern Racers, Coluber constrictor, Rat Snake, Pantherophis alleghaniensis, Gray Rat Snake, Pantherophis spiloides, Cornsnake, Pantherophis guttatus, Mud Snake, Farancia abacura, Rainbow Snake, Farancia erytrogramma, Mole Kingsnakes, Lampropeltis calligaster, Kingsnakes, Lampropeltis getula, Scarlet Kingsnake, Lampropeltis elapsoides.
  • Andrea Litt &mdash Redbelly Snake, Storeria occipitomaculata, Crowned Snake and Rim Rock Crowned Snake, Tantilla coronata and T. oolitica.
  • Lara Maxwell &mdash Ribbon Snakes and Garter Snakes, Thamnophis sauritus and T. sirtalis.
  • Anthony Reppas &mdash Eastern Racer, Coluber constrictor.
  • Celeste Shitama &mdash Eastern Diamondback and Timber Rattlesnakes, Crotalus adamanteus and C. horridus, and Pigmy Rattlesnake,Sistrurus miliarius.
  • Lora Smith and Joseph Roman &mdash Eastern Coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum, Salt Marsh Snakes, Nerodia clarkii, and Eastern Coral Snake, Micrurus fulvius.
  • Jennifer Staiger &mdash Striped and Glossy Crayfish Snakes, Regina alleni and R. rigida, Banded Water Snakes, Nerodia fasciata, Pine Snakes, Pituophis melanoleucus, Rough and Smooth Earth Snakes, Virginia striatula and V. valeriae, Rough Green Snake, Opheodrys aestivus, and Short-tailed Kingsnake, Lampropeltis extenuata.
  • Kenneth Wray &mdash Mud and Rainbow Snakes, Farancia abacura and F. erytrogramma.

Kenneth L. Krysko and F. Wayne King wrote all other snake accounts. All photographs are copyrighted by the Florida Museum of Natural History and the individual photographer.

Illustrations of color patterns, scales, facial pits, and rattlesnake rattles, were produced by F. Wayne King. Most line drawings of snake heads are adapted from: E.D. Cope. 1898. The Crocodilians, Lizards, and Snakes of North America. Report of the U.S. National Museum. i-xviii + 151-1294 p.

We welcome your comments on the Guide and on the snakes. We can be reached by email at: csheehy@floridamuseum.ufl.edu