Florida Snake Identification Key
Scientific name: Farancia abacura (HOLBROOK 1836)
The following will separate the two Mud 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.
Select the box below that is the closest match to your snake:
The ends of 53 or more red to pink bars from the belly extend onto its sides; found throughout Florida, except the Florida Keys.
Your snake could be an Eastern Mud Snake, Farancia abacura abacura.
The ends of 52 or fewer reddish pink bars extend from the belly onto its sides; extreme western panhandle.
Your snake could be a Western Mud Snake, Farancia abacura reinwardtii.