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REPTILES

Black Bayou NWR

GLOSSY CRAYFISH SNAKES

Regina rigida

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Medium shiny brown to olive aquatic, round pupils, short head, large eyes, yellow underside with two rows of dark spots
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Cottonmouths
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Stable
  • DIET: Live crawfish
  • HABITAT: Bayous, drainage ditches, floodplains, lakes, marshes, ponds, swamps, wetlands
  • BREEDING: Late summer - Early fall, live birth to 6 to 13
  • BEHAVIOR: Docile, nocturnal, seldomly bite, hide during the day
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Musk
  • THREATS: Predatory birds and mammals
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Year round; seldom seen due to hiding