Scarletsnake Cemophora coccinea (Blumenbach, 1788)S3 (Watch list)  Synonyms: Northern Scarlet Snake, Northern Scarletsnake.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Squamata   >   Family Colubridae   >   Genus Cemophora   

Status:

Scarletsnake (Cemophora coccinea) is considered uncommon to rare in Maryland, and is ranked as S3 (watch list). It is restricted to the coastal plain (Maryland DNR site). This attractive lampropeltine species favors wooded habitats with dry, sandy soils, e.g. pine forest. Scarletsnakes are largely fossorial, spending much of its time underground, so they prefer loose sand to facilitate burrowing. It appears to favor reptile eggs as the bulk of its diet, though other prey may include small rodents or reptiles (Tennant, 2003).

They are harmless.

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Prey species include small rodents, lizards, and other snakes.

There are 14 records in the project database.

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A Scarletsnake in Howard Co., Maryland (5/28/2013). Found by Kevin Crocetti. Photo by Billy Heinbuch. (MBP list)

A Scarletsnake in Howard Co., Maryland (5/28/2013). Photo by Billy Heinbuch. (MBP list)

A Scarletsnake in Howard Co., Maryland (5/28/2013). Photo by Billy Heinbuch. (MBP list)

A Scarletsnake in Howard Co., Maryland (5/28/2013). Photo by Billy Heinbuch. (MBP list)

A Scarletsnake specimen collected by Lance Biechele in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/26/2005). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)


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