While hiking at Ocala National Forest, two women stumbled upon a wonderful critter that has not been seen since over 50 years in the country.
They spotted a four feet long rainbow snake. According to the state wildlife officials, it is the first record of the species in Marion County since 1969.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the specie is hardly ever seen “even by herpetologists, due to their cryptic habits. Burrowing near creeks, lakes, marshes, and tidal mudflats, rainbow snakes specialize in eating eels, earning the nickname ‘eel moccasin.”
Rainbow snakes can grow between 40 to 54 inches long. The longest that has ever been recorded was 66 inches. They are non-venomous and some populations have been reported in the Tampa Bay area.
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