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Black Indigo Snake outside my Trailer Kitchen Window

I have been over at the beach house since December 28th living in the trailer to see what I need and don't need for the trip. I also took a 9-week course on Photoshop CS3 at Flagler Palm Coast High School. It was the hardest course that I had ever taken in my life, but also, the most fun. The school has a computer lab with the new Apple 24 Inch Monitors. It was like sitting at the Drive In Theater. Try to spend at least two hours a day in Photoshop.

Opened the blinds yesterday so that I could open the window and let some air in while I was washing dishes. As I looked out saw this. About the largest snake that I have ever seen in Florida and I grew up here, think it is an Indigo, as it did not have any color under its head and its length, about 5 feet. Looked around the www and it seems they are endangered and rare. This shot a little out of focus as I shot it through window.

I had been painting last week the underside of the trailer as after only two years it had started to rust from the Salt Florida Air, glad this dude did not introduce himself to me when I was lying on my back under the trailer painting.


Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Site on Indigo Snake

The eastern indigo snake is the longest snake in the United States. Adults can reach six to eight and a half feet in length. They are stocky and colored glossy blue-black. The black racer, sometimes confused with the indigo snake, has a white chin, and is a slender, fast-moving snake.

The eastern indigo snake is more docile and much slower moving than the black racer, characteristics that have made it popular with collectors. This pressure from collectors, coupled with disappearing habitat, has hurt the population and earned it federal and state protection as a threatened species.

Historically, the eastern indigo snake was found from southern Georgia to the Florida Keys and west to Alabama, but today, it is mostly restricted to Florida and southern Georgia, where it is often found in association with gopher tortoise burrows in well-drained scrub and sandhill habitats. This snake, though, is not found just in dry areas. It readily moves through a variety of habitats, especially those that border marshes and swamps, in search of prey such as birds, young turtles, frogs, and other snakes, including rattlesnakes. Look for the eastern indigo snake along both trails at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center - Alligator Creek Site. As with all snakes, admire the indigo from a respectful distance.

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