Rare four-foot rainbow snake spotted in Florida for the first time in 50 years 

Rare four-foot rainbow snake spotted in Florida for the first time in 50 years

The rainbow snake has not been seen in Florida since 1969

Now, two women hiking through Ocala National Forest stumbled upon oneExperts say change in water levels of the Rodman Reservoir forced the snake out

It was last seen in 1969, but the rare rainbow snake has made its return to Florida.

Two women spotted the stunning four-foot long creature while hiking in the Ocala National Forest, which sits 47 miles north of Orlando.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) said rainbow snakes ‘are highly-aquatic, spending most of their life hidden among aquatic vegetation; seldom seen, even by herpetologists, due to their cryptic habits.’ 

However, the organization speculates the recent change in water levels of the Rodman Reservoir forced the snake out of hiding.

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It was last seen in 1969, but the rare rainbow snake has made its return to Florida. A hiker spotted the stunning four-foot long creature while hiking in the Ocala National Forest, which sits 47 miles north of Orlando 

Tracey Cauthen and Rebecca Boyer were hiking through the Ocala National Forest when they stumbled upon a four-foot rainbow snake.  

‘Tracey hale Cauthen and I came across this gorgeous critter,’ Boyer shared in a Facebook post.   

The rainbow snake, also nicknamed ‘eel moccasin’ is painted with iridescent, blue-black back, yellow and red patches and three red stripes down its body.



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