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The Ecology of The Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake

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Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake

Introduction
Foraging
The Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake feeds off of small fish, crabs, and shrimp. They find their food in isolated water pools. Snakes eat there food whole by swallowing the whole meal. Then their body digests the food internally.
Ovoviviparous Reproduction
The Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake is Ovoviviparous. This means that the female snake carries eggs inside her until the offspring hatches.

The snake can have between 2-14 young seen bred in captivity only.

Not much else is known about the reproductive cycle of the Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake
Habitat
The Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake lives in Estuarine Water Systems, Mangrove Swamps, and Coastal Waterways in the Volusia and Indian Counties in Florida.

These snakes like to hide in brush like Spartina and Juncus plants due to the vast coverage they can provide.

They can also be found sometimes rocks and branches.
Additional Behavior
The Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake is a rare reptile in the world and can only be found in two counties in Florida Sate. This is one reason why it is classified as a Threatened Species by the Endandered Species Act.

This snake is Non-Venomous but that doesn't mean it won't bite if antagonized.

The Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake is Nocturnal. This means that the snake does much of its business at night and sleeps and hides during the day. This makes locating these snakes even more difficult to find.
References
Krysko, Kenneth and John Himes. ( n.d.). Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake [.jpg]. Retrieved July 20, 2013 from http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/.
Live Aquaria. ( n.d.).Tropical Crabs [.jpg]. Retrieved July 20, 2013 from http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=1075+2788&pcatid=2788.
Griffith, Christian. ( n.d.). Swallow [.jpg]. Retrieved July 20, 2013 from http://www.phatz.com/photography-480-swallow.php.
University of Central Florida. “ONE Short: Snakes.” YouTube.com. YouTube, 18 Dec. 2012. Web. 21 July 2013.
Nerodia clarkii taeniata
The Atlantic Salt Marsh snake or Nerodia clarkii taeniata is located in remote areas of Volusia and Indian River Counties in Florida.

I chose to do my project on the Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake because I love animals. I find snake adorably fascinating. Though I can never talk anyone into letting me have a snake for a pet, I would really like one. I just recently moved to Florida and I was searching for Florida snakes and found this one which by chance lives in areas not far from my home in Daytona Beach.


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