| Drymarchon corais couperi
- Average size: 60-74 inches; Record 103.5 inches. Young are 19-24 inches at
- Range: Peninsular Florida, with a few isolated populations in the Florida
panhandle and north Key Largo, however nowhere are they abundant.
- Diet: Snakes, including venomous snakes, frogs, salamanders, toads, small
mammals, birds, and occasionally young turtles.
- Status: It has full protection as a threatened species in Florida. It is illegal to
harass, harm, capture, keep, or kill an eastern indigo snake without specific
state and/or federal permits. This is the largest of Florida snakes and requires a
relatively large area of undeveloped land. In one study, four male snakes
averaged 470 acres for their spring/summer activity ranges; one individual used a
territory of 1,400 acres. Habitat for indigos are becoming more and more
fragmented by roads and development. This is one reason for the population
decline. Some are killed by uninformed people. Rattlesnake hunters often use
the gassing method, a practice that is illegal, to flush rattlesnakes out of gopher
holes. I'm sure this has an adverse affect on not only indigos and gophers, but
on any other animal that uses these holes. Education is the key to preserving
such a majestic snake.