Queensnake Regina septemvittata (Say, 1825)  Synonyms: Queen Snake.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Squamata   >   Family Colubridae   >   Genus Regina   

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The Queensnake (Regina septemvittata) is an attractive, widespread species in eastern North America, related to the water snakes of the genus Nerodia. Snakes in the genus Regina tend to be much more specialized in diet, and usually eat primarily crayfish. Queensnakes prefer to eat crayfish that have recently molted, making them much softer and easier to swallow, and they are very strongly attracted to the odor of crayfish ecdysis (Tennant, 2003). This snake is relatively widespread in Maryland, and typically haunts streams, creeks, and rivers with abundant crayfish populations. It appears to be most common in the piedmont and western Maryland, with scattered records from parts of the coastal plain (Maryland DNR).

There are 64 records in the project database.

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A Queensnake in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/8/2014). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

A Queensnake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/11/2016). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

First documented record of Queensnake in Howard County, Maryland (10/9/2011). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

First documented record of Queensnake in Howard County, Maryland (10/9/2011). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Queensnake in Howard Co., Maryland (4/8/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

First documented record of Queensnake in Howard County, Maryland (10/9/2011). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A juvenile Queensnake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/17/2016). Photo by Steve Scholnick. (MBP list)


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