Short-tailed Kingsnake or Short-tailed Snake
Adults average 14-20 inches (36-51 cm) in size. The record is 25.75 inches (65.4 cm).
An extremely slender gray snake with a blotched or spotted pattern. The 50-80 dark brown to black spots down the middle of the back alternate with dark spots on the sides. The light colored spaces between the black spots on the back often have an orange center giving the impression of an indistinct orange stripe running down the back. The belly is white with dark blotches. The blunt head is very small and roughly the same diameter as the body, and the crown is dark brown or black. The tail is short, comprising no more than 10% of the snake’s total length. There are 19 dorsal scale rows at midbody, and the scales are smooth. The pupils are round. The juveniles are likely similar to the adults.
Range: The Short-tailed Kingsnake occurs throughout much of upland northern central Florida, west of the St. Johns River.
Habitat: The Short-tailed Kingsnake is restricted to upland pine-turkey oak woodlands and dry, sandy soiled habitats such as coastal live oak hammocks and sand pine scrub.