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Western Mudsnake
Farancia abacura reinwardtii






This snake has a shiny black back with smooth scales. Its belly has pinkish-red and black bars, and the anal plate is divided.

Adults 38 - 60 inches (97 - 152 cm)

Amphibians such as sirens and amphiumas, and occasionally crayfish

Mates in spring and lays 10 - 100 eggs during the summer months. Eggs hatch two months later and hatchlings are 6 - 9 inches (15 - 23 cm) long.

Floodplains, swampy areas, and slow-moving, mud-bottomed streams

Other Information: 
A completely non-aggressive species, the mudsnake may poke at its captor with its pointed tail that is tipped with a harmless spine. This snake is nocturnal and is commonly seen crossing roads in swampy areas on rainy nights.


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