FWC asks public to report sightings of rare snakes
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Media contact: Kevin Baxter, 727-896-8626
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking the public to report sightings of three rare snake species: Florida pine snake, southern hognose snake and short-tailed snake. Citizens can help with research on these species by reporting sightings online.
“Reports from the public will aid us in determining where these snakes live and their status,” said Kevin Enge, FWC research biologist.
All of these snake species have been petitioned for federal listing.
The three species are found in dry, upland habitats and spend most of their time underground. They are only occasionally seen moving along the surface or crossing a road.
For each report, the citizen is asked to provide the location where they saw the snake and the month and year the observation occurred. Researchers are also requesting citizens to submit photos of the snakes, when possible, to verify identification.
Reports can include live or dead animals.
Although these species are nonvenomous, citizens should avoid handling or disturbing them.
For more information about living with snakes and to submit sightings to the FWC, visit MyFWC.com/Conservation, select “How You Can Conserve,” and choose “Snakes” under “Living with Wildlife.”