About this Species 

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Name:Mud Snake
Family:Crayfish/Mud Snakes
Scientific Name: Farancia abacura
Description:Glossy, smooth scales. Body is blue-black to black above; belly is red to crimson red, checkered with black bars. Red belly color extends onto the lower sides of the body. Young resemble adults. Adults 40-54 inches in length.
Range:Mississippi Delta and Coastal Plain.
Habits and Habitat:This thoroughly aquatic snake inhabits cypress/tupelo gum swamps, bottomland hardwood sloughs and the margins of cypress-lined oxbow lakes. Active from April-October, it breeds in spring. Females lay 11-50 eggs in rotten logs or stumps. Female remains with eggs until hatching in August-September. Feeds almost exclusively on amphiuma and lesser siren; both are large, totally aquatic salamanders. This snake is completely harmless and never attempts to bite.
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Suzanne Collins