Mud Snake

Farancia abacura abacura (Eastern)  Farancia abacura reinwardtii (Western)

Average size:  40-54 inches; Record 81.5 inches.  Young are about 6.25-9.5 inches at birth.

Range:  Found throughout Florida, except the Florida keys.

Diet:  They feed almost entirely on amphiumas.  Their teeth are strongly curved to hold slippery salamanders, a favorite food.  Juveniles may also eat frogs, tadpoles, and fish.

Status:  Not uncommon.  Occurs in almost any freshwater habitat such as: Cypress swamps, drainage ditches, marshes, rivers, and lakes.


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