Scientists Release 25 Eastern Indigo Snakes Into Alabama Forest

July 17, 2017

The Alabama Eastern indigo snake  (Drymarchon corais couperi) population just got a little larger as 25 of the threatened snakes were released in the Conecuh National Forest last week. 

Eastern indigo snake

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The Eastern indigo snake is the largest native snake in the United States. It also feeds on venomous snakes as well as a variety of other reptiles, mammals, and birds.

Scientists with Auburn University and folks with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Birmingham Zoo took part in the release of the reptiles, which have experienced dwindling populations for years. 

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The release and reintroduction project has been ongoing and it is hoped that the Eastern indigo snake is able to reestablish itself in Alabama. According to the Andalusia Star News, the last confirmed sighting of the species occurred in the 1950s. 

To date, 110 Eastern indigo snakes have been released in the forest. The snakes, which were raised in captivity by the Central Florida Zoo’s Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, are outfitted with responder tags to permanently identify them. Hopefully the reintroduction is successful and the populations of this most magnificent species grow significantly in the state. 

The Eastern indigo snake is the longest native snake in the United States, sometimes reaching more than 8 feet in length. The snake is a federally threatened species and certain restrictions are in place with regard to possessing them. A member of the Colubridae family, indigo snakes feed on a variety of animals, including small mammals, amphibians, birds, lizards, baby turtles, and venomous and non-venomous snakes.

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