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Western Mud Snake

Farancia abacura reinwardtii


Juvenile black snake with red belly and red eyes.


Found on forested road through swampy backwaters of Reelfoot Lake.


These snakes are habitat specialists and live in swampy areas where their main food occurs. They feed on amphiumas, sirens and occasionally other amphibians and fish. "As this is a sensitive species, and like all species, is worthy of our protection, the locality information has been altered to protect this organism."

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28 Comments (1–25)

KarenL 9 years ago

Congrats Lisa! What an awesome snake & I know a lifer for you! :)

outsidegirl0 9 years ago

congrats! awsome SOTD! :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Congrats Lisa. Gorgeous little snake and that leaf? is a perfect setting.

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 9 years ago

Wow! That is really awesome. Thanks for the notes!

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Congratulations Lisa! I love all your spottings!

Congratulations on the SOTD, LisaPowers.
Very well deserved, this is just one the most beautiful snakes I have ever seen!! Picture #3 is fantastic.

Lisa,i was saving my comment o a "bigger" event :-) awesome capture,amazing collours,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing such a great spotting page

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Congratulations Lisa on your SOTD.

Tom15 9 years ago

Nice SOTD Lisa!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Congratulations, Lisa.

Yasser 9 years ago

Lisa, this beauty was an easy pick for Spotting of the Day! Congrats and thanks for sharing so many radical reptiles with us!


Yasser 9 years ago


Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

Love this beauty .....

sunnyjosef 9 years ago

Lovely spotting Lisa..

LisaPowers 9 years ago

Thanks KarenSaxton, Gilma Jeannette Ospino Ferreira-Norman and RoxyLove! They really are special snakes.

KarenSaxton 9 years ago


That is one gorgeous snake!! beautiful pictures, LisaPowers.

RoxyLove 9 years ago

Great shot! Stunning pictures :)

LisaPowers 9 years ago

Thanks everyone!

Shauna, it was on a sycamore leaf.

Benno Ibold
Benno Ibold 9 years ago

Georgious shot. The eyes are hypnotizing me.

Shauna Howerton
Shauna Howerton 9 years ago

Beautiful snake...great colours! Love the tile it is on as well. Nicely done!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

RiekoS 9 years ago

Very different. Nice shot.

Wow!!! Stunningly beautiful colouring. Very nice images.

rams4d 9 years ago

Amazing, congrats !!!

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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Apr 1, 2014
Submitted on Apr 8, 2014

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