Recently, a hiker in Florida, USA, discovered and took a photo of a rare “rainbow snake“. Experts said that this snake has been “disappeared” in the local area for more than 50 years. It is a rare species and is not venomous.
According to CNN, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute) posted on Facebook that a woman named Tracy Conson was hiking in the Ocala National Forest, about 47 miles north of Orlando. I discovered this 4-foot-long colorful snake while traveling.
The Florida Museum of Natural History confirmed to the institute that this is the first time the species has been sighted in Marion County since 1969 and said the snake is non-venomous and harmless.
“‘Rainbow snakes’ are highly aquatic animals that hide in aquatic plants for long periods of time. Due to their mysterious habits, even herpetologists rarely see them,” the institute said.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the average length of an adult “rainbow snake” is about 3.5 feet, and can reach up to 5.5 feet. Biologists speculate that the snake, also known as the “eel moccasin,” slipped into the forest after recent changes in water levels in Rodman Reservoir.