Florida Crowned Snake




Scientific name: Tantilla relicta TELFORD 1966

The following key will separate the three Florida Crowned Snakes 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 No light collar behind head; northern and central peninsular Florida from Suwannee River to St. Johns River and south to Hillsborough County. Central Florida Crowned Snake, Tantilla relicta neilli
1b Light collar behind head. 2
2a Light collar broken at midline; peninsular Florida's central ridge from Marion County to Polk County and separate populations in Levy, Pinellas, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Peninsula Crowned Snake, Tantilla relicta relicta
2b Light collar broad and complete; Florida east coast from Palm Beach County to Cape Canaveral. Coastal Dunes Crowned Snake, Tantilla relicta pamlica

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