Rainbow Snake Farancia erytrogramma erytrogramma (Palisot de Beauvois in Sonnini and Latreille, 1801)Endangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)  -  VulnerableSynonyms: Common Rainbowsnake.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Squamata   >   Family Colubridae   >   Genus Farancia   

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Rainbow Snake (Farancia erytrogramma erytrogramma) is a brightly-patterned aquatic snake considered to be state-endangered in Maryland. Within the state, it appears restricted to the western coastal plain (Maryland DNR site). Rainbow Snakes are largely nocturnal, and typically spend most of the day in submerged burrows or hollow trees. The species prefers clear bodies of water, including lakes, slow-moving creeks and rivers, cypress swamps, even tidal marshes. They have been found to feed heavily on eels. Rainbow Snakes are occasionally observed crossing roads at night, or found beneath cover objects (Tennant, 2003).

There are 7 records in the project database.

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A Rainbow Snake in Charles Co., Maryland (7/8/2014). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

A Rainbow Snake in Charles Co., Maryland (7/21/2010). Highly state rare (S1) and state endangered. This was noted as the 13th record for the state in the last 70 years. Photo by George Jett. (MBP list)

A Rainbow Snake in Charles Co., Maryland (7/21/2010). Photo by George Jett. (MBP list)

A Rainbow Snake in Charles Co., Maryland (7/8/2012). Photo by George Jett. (MBP list)


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