Southeastern Crowned Snake Tantilla coronata

Family: Colubridae - Harmless Egg-Laying Snakes

Typical Adult Size: 8 to 10 inches

Eye Pupil: round

Dorsal Scales: smooth

Anal Scale: divided

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Southeastern Crowned Snakes are very small snakes most often found under debris. They may potentially be found throughout South Carolina; however, populations may be isolated and sparse.

Southeastern Crowned Snakes eat centipedes, insect larvae, and earthworms. Crowned Snakes, although not included in the family of rear-fanged snakes, do possess small, grooved fangs in the rear of the jaw. These fangs probably aid in the envenomation of prey with a weak venom that helps subdue prey. The venom of Crowned Snakes is presumed to be harmless to humans.

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July 07, 2009
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