Florida Snake Identification Key
Scarlet Snake, Florida Scarlet Snake, Northern Scarlet Snake
Scientific name: Cemophora coccinea (BLUMENBACH 1788)
The following will separate the two Scarletsnakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.
Select the box below that is the closest match to your snake:
Snake has 7 scales on the upper lip; peninsular Florida.
Your snake could be a Florida Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea coccinea
Snake has 6 scales on the upper lip; north Florida and southeastern U.S., north to southern New Jersey and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma.
Your snake could be a Northern Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea copei