In the Wild
Dry prairie and
hammock in the Devil's Garden
Cabbage palms dot
a pasture in a typical scene from the Devil's Garden
Garden is a sparsely populated area mostly in Hendry County, FL.
This is a region of mixed habitats including flatwoods, cypress domes, and
agriculture. Though much of the area has been impacted by man, it is
still a wild
area with sightings of the elusive Florida panther regularly reported.
A big, feisty
corn snake found hiding under a carpet
The standard methods of south Florida snake hunting apply
here, with road cruising, flipping artificial cover, and shining trees
at night all being effective in different situations. The corn snake is
one of the most common large snake species. It shares its habitat with
eastern indigo snakes, Everglades rat snakes, scarlet king snakes, and Florida king snakes.
A corn snake
crosses a gravel road in the evening.
Nick Mesa holds
anerythristic and normal corn snakes found next to each other on the
In addition to beautiful coloration, the
corn snake population in this area is notable for the occurrence of
anerythrism. This is a recessive trait that removes the red coloration
seen in phenotypically normal corn snakes. Herpetologists with field
experience in the area estimate anerythristic corn snakes to make up
around 15-20 % of the overall population.