FWC to collect info on 4 snake species

FWC to collect info on 4 snake species

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website, the agency needs your help collecting information about four different species of snakes.

FWC specialists are interested in eastern diamondback rattlesnake, Florida pine, short-tailed, and southern hognose snake. They are working to determine what areas these species are currently occupying and what's their status.

These species have been petitioned for federal listing. It means that they may be endangered.

FWC researchers are interested in sightings of these four types from 2000 until now. You can report each sighting on FWC's website. Here is the link for reporting diamondback rattlesnakes. And here you can report Florida pine, short-tailed and southern hognose snakes.

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is one of only six Florida snake species that are venomous, according to Fish & Wildlife officials.  Others are the eastern coral snake, the southern copperhead, the cottonmouth, the timber rattlesnake, and the dusky pygmy rattlesnake. 

The researches will also be conducting road surveys and drift-fence surveys in areas without recent observations. They said it was very important to gather this information about the rare species.

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