Scarlet Snake, Florida Scarlet Snake, Northern Scarlet Snake


Scarlet Snake

Scarlet Snake

Scientific name: Cemophora coccinea (BLUMENBACH 1788)

The following key will separate the two Scarletsnakes found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

1a 7 scales on the upper lip; peninsular Florida Florida Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea coccinea
1b 6 scales on the upper lip; north Florida and southeastern U.S., north to southern New Jersey and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma. Northern Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea copei

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