Glossy Crayfish Snake

The Glossy Crayfish Snake is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Glossy crayfish snake (Regina rigida rigida) is a non-venomous shiny, dark aquatic snake, usually measuring 14-24 inches (36-61 cm). Its color can be described as brown to olive-brown. The species feeds almost entirely on crayfish. More

Glossy crayfish snakes inhabit the margins of swamps, marshes, sloughs and saturated soils of bottomland hardwood forests. This snake is active from March-October. Breeding in the spring, it gives birth to 6-14 young in August-September. More

The glossy crayfish snake has keeled scales. They are probably most active at night and are sometimes found crossing roads in swampy areas. The glossy crayfish snake may sometimes bask in trees but usually remains hidden under objects at the water’s edge. More

The Glossy Crayfish Snake is found in the Northern part of Florida if found at all. It prefer to stay away from humans and is very seldom seen as it is nocturnal and few in numbers. More

Glossy Crayfish Snakes belong to the Genus, Regina, which are known as "crayfish" snakes because they feed mostly upon soft-shelled (recently shed) crayfish. Glossy Crayfish Snakes are slender, medium-sized snakes with a glossy appearance. More

Range and Habitat: The glossy crayfish snake is found in the Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States from eastern North Carolina to eastern Texas but is absent from the southern portion of peninsular Florida. An isolated population exists in eastern Virginia . More

The Glossy Crayfish Snake is from the order Squamata. Species from this order are amphisbaenians, lizards or snakes. There are over 6,000 living species belonging to the squamata order - it is the largest order of all reptiles. More

Glossy Crayfish Snakes inhabit muddy areas along the edges of most aquatic environments. More

Common names

Glossy Crayfish Snake in English - English
glossy crayfish snakes in English - English
sinicola: Gulf Crayfish Snake in English - English

Order : Squamata
Family : Colubridae
Genus : Regina
Species : Regina rigida
Authority : SAY 1825