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Corn Snake Southern Swamps

Corn Snake

Elaphe guttata guttata

Biome: Southern Swamps

Classification: Reptiles

Biography: Corn snakes are excellent climbers and are often found high in trees searching for nesting birds. Their common name originated when farmers would see them around their corncribs and silos. They are easily recognized by the orange and grey pattern on their backs, and by the alternating rows of black and white belly scales that resemble a checkerboard or Indian corn. In areas where their ranges overlap, these harmless snakes are often mistaken for copperheads.

This southeastern species can be found throughout the entire state of Florida and as far north as New Jersey. They are widely dispersed through pinelands, hardwood hammocks, and residential areas.

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