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Red Bellied Mud Snake

Farancia abacura


A large (to 6 feet), smooth and shiny snake that is aquatic, living in swamps, ponds, and marshes. This handsome black-and-orange snake eats sirens and amphiumas (large eel-like salamanders). Mud snakes are often killed by vehicles as they cross roads, moving between swamps, on stormy nights.


We have plenty of amphiumas (large eel-like salamanders) around here too....been trying to catch one to photograph...they are huge

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KevinBBabbitt 5 years ago

Wow! You have one lucky son to catch two of these, and in one day???!!!!

KimChampagne 5 years ago

My's a nonvenomous snake and beautiful....he caught 2 of them today....thank God he released the Cottonmouth he caught a couple days ago.

Reiaze 5 years ago

Great pictures! Whoever's holding it is much braver than I am!

Aaron_G 5 years ago

Love this spotting!!!

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Lat: 30.59, Long: -92.23

Spotted on May 10, 2012
Submitted on May 10, 2012

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