Rainbow Snake Seen In Florida’s Ocala National Forest For First Time Since 1969


Snakes are animal classes of the reptile family, along with lizards, crocodiles, and turtles. They play an important role in the natural environment and food webs. Snakes live almost everywhere, in forests, deserts, oceans, streams, and lakes, and there are over 3000 species.

Like no other animal species, snakes can make us feel different. Viewed throughout history, they were considered symbols of rebirth, transformation, healing, and immortality.

The mountaineer has found a rare species that has not been spotted in the area since 1969, as it wandered the Ocala National Forest, north of Orlando.

This beautiful four-foot-long rainbow-colored snake was discovered by Tracey Cauthen, and the Florida Museum of Natural History has confirmed that it has not been recorded here for 50 years.

 It is described by the experts of the Florida Museum of Natural History, as follows:

“Adults are large and thick-bodied. The back is iridescent blue-black with a bright red stripe down the middle and an additional reddish-pink stripe on each side. The lower sides of the body are yellow or pink fading into the red belly. Black spots on each belly scale form three lines of dots down the belly. The chin and throat are yellow.”

An adult snake of this species can reach a length of about 3 feet and 6 inches. According to museum experts, if caught, it can press a pointed tail tip into someone’s hand, but “the tail is completely harmless.

They explain that these types of snakes spend most of their lives hidden among aquatic vegetation, rarely appearing, and rarely seen by herpetologists because they have their cryptic habit. They dig for streams, swamps, lakes, and tidal flames, and specialize in eating eels, nicknamed “eel moccasin.”

These snakes are excellent swimmers and proficient burrowers. They are feeding with frogs, tadpoles, and other amphibians as well.

They are known for excellent swimmers and experienced pitchers, and their main meals in addition to eels include frogs, tadpoles and other amphibians.

Although rarely seen, their populations are stable, so they are not listed in the Endangered Species List by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

However, in 2011 the subspecies, a long snake in southern Florida (Farancia erytrogramma seminola), was declared extinct and previously lived in the Lake Okeechobee region of southern Florida.

Dr. Nicholas Kman, professor of emergency medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center, advises that when you notice a snake, the first thing to do is to get away from it, not to try to catch it, because it will offer all the potential to hurt more people. If you are injured then you should seek medical treatment immediately as these symptoms can progress quickly.

First, there are redness, swelling, blistering, heat, followed by signs of nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, and low blood pressure. If these symptoms are observed then administration of the antivenom is started.

According to some reports, poisonous snakes bite nearly three million people worldwide annually, but fortunately, because of the rapid response, only a small fraction of these incidents are fatal.

However, within hours of the stabbing, dangerous symptoms such as organ failure, uncontrolled bleeding, severe tissue damage, and paralysis can occur, which can limit breathing.

Follow these tips if you have been bitten by a snake:

  • Get an ambulance right away.
  • Keep the wound clean and lift the affected limb while you wait, and
  • Try to remain calm, because any excitement spreads the poison.

Regardless of your previous knowledge, do not take any measures such as sucking in poison or notching the bite.

Dr. Nicholas explains that it is dangerous to cut a bite of the arm because it may cut the tendon. This can cause more trauma. Likewise, it does not need to bite, not to use steroids, and there are many things that will not do to help the snake bite and will probably worsen the patient’s condition.

You should not apply tourniquet against snake bites that are native to North America, as its venom can cause excessive bleeding, tissue and muscle necrosis.

According to Dr. Dan Brooks, medical director of the Poison and Drug Information Center in Phoenix, Arizona, putting on sticks is not recommended because it can increase a local injury, causing people to lose their toes or toes or need skin grafts.


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