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Eastern Indigo

Drymarchon couperi

Description:

8FT INDIGO! Average adult size is 60-74 inches (152-188 cm), record is 103.5 inches (262.8 cm). Adults are large and thick-bodied. The body is glossy black and in sunlight has iridescent blue highlights. The chin and throat may be solid black, reddish or white that may extend down the body. The belly is cloudy black to blue-gray, sometimes with reddish-orange or white anteriorly. The scales on its back are smooth, but some larger males may possess some dorso-lateral scales that are keeled. There are 17 dorsal scale rows at midbody. The pupil is round. Juveniles are black-bodied with narrow whitish-blue bands.

Habitat:

Sand hill

Notes:

A once in a life time opportunity happened yesterday nothing I can see will be able to top this in my book a 8ft Indigo. The fact that a animal this size is still around amazes me an brings hope. I'm still stunned by this magnificent animal. You might see it around because it has started to be shared like crazy because of the size of this beast of a snake! STUNNING! I know you don't like having humans in the pictures but its for the size of this unbelievable snake I will take that pic out if its a problem

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23 Comments

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

Thanks! Tyler good luck once you move down here with this and all the other species of snakes Florida has got to love it.

chesterbperry
chesterbperry 6 years ago

Gorgeous!

TylerGraden
TylerGraden 6 years ago

You struck gold with that one man. I'll be moving to Florida in a year or two - I'll be keeping my fingers crossed hoping to see one of these guys, but finding one as impressive as this is going to complicate matters even more. Congratulations on the find, and good pictures to document it too.

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

Thanks a lot it was truly a once in a lifetime experience!!!

katelew02
katelew02 6 years ago

Good picture of him

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 6 years ago

So cool!! What a beauty! Great series!

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

Thanks Maria! it was crazy exciting it felt unreal

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

That must have been very exciting - what a large one! Great photos

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

everything would be a lifer im pretty sure for me lol which makes it a million times better

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

If you help me in the east, I'll help you in central, then we can go explore out west together! I have many lifers to get both directions!

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

I cant wait to one day get out west and herp!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

I know what you mean, my Rock Rattlesnake felt the same way!

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

lol thought as much...I couldn't even imagine this still feels fake to me such a crazy feeling

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Yes, asking for way too much haha. Just be happy if you can find one at all!

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

Now the goal is to find a EDB that big am I pushing it? lol

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Yea I bet, aren't many things bigger than him! The one nice one I found was pretty chilly, I think that's the only reason he was nice ;)

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

Very well tempered kind of blew air a couple times and did his neck flair but other then that very nice snake probably wasn't scared at all being as big as he was lol and thanks Gilma :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

I can't even imagine what you were feeling at that time! Was he grumpy? We have the other indigo here, I've only seen two, and one was not very happy to see me. Also the worse smelling musk I have ever come across!

Stunning!! So gorgeous!! Such a lucky spotting. Congratulations and thank you for sharing, JeffreyDuby.

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

Found him right as he was crossing this area had to run to cute it off from the bush line, very nice for him to sit still for awhile probably stunned as we were lol

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

How did you find him? Was he on a road or just cruising about?

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby 6 years ago

If my heart and bottom jaw wasn't still on the trail after seeing this mine would be warm to lol! I'm still stunned never ever expected to see something like this

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

It warms my heart to know there are some this size still out there :) The girth on him is pretty incredible! Glad you got to experience this, not every one is so lucky!

JeffreyDuby
Spotted by
JeffreyDuby

Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 7, 2013
Submitted on Dec 9, 2013

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