Atlantic Salt Marsh snake (Nerodia clarkii taeniata)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The Atlantic salt marsh snake is a slender, heavily keeled water snake about 2 feet in total length, with a pattern of stripes that are variously broken into blotches. The dorsal ground color is pale olive, patterned with a pair of dark brown stripes running down the back and enclosing a pale mid-dorsal stripe. These dark stripes usually become fragmented posteriorly into a series of elongate blotches. There is also a row of dark blotches along the lower sides of the body, which merge to form stripes in the neck region. The ventral surface is black with a median series of yellowish spots. This snake feeds on small fish in shallow water. It is most active at night, during periods of low tide.

  • States/US Territories in which the Atlantic Salt Marsh snake, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  Florida
  • US Counties in which the Atlantic Salt Marsh snake, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the Atlantic Salt Marsh snake, Wherever found is known to occur:  Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Additional species information
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
1977-12-29 Southeast Region (Region 4) Wherever found

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
2014-09-23 00:00:00.0 79 FR 56821 56823 5-Year Status Reviews of 27 Southeastern Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information
1977-06-02 00:00:00.0 42 FR 28165 28166 Proposed Threatened Status for Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake; 42 FR 28165 28166 (Natrix fasciata taeniata)
2007-04-26 00:00:00.0 72 FR 20866 20868 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 22 Southeastern Species
1977-11-29 00:00:00.0 42 FR 60743 60745 Final Threatened Status Determination for Atlantic Salt Marsh Snakes; 42 FR 60743 60745 (Nerodia fasciatata taeniata)

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
1993-12-15 Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
2007-04-26 72 FR 20866 20868 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 22 Southeastern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
2014-09-23 79 FR 56821 56823 5-Year Status Reviews of 27 Southeastern Species; Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
2008-03-24 Atlantic salt marsh snake 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Atlantic Salt Marsh snake.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Atlantic Salt Marsh snake.

» Petitions

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

The Atlantic salt marsh snake inhabits coastal salt marshes and mangrove swamps. Specifically, it occurs along shallow tidal creeks and pools, in a saline environment ranging from brackish to full strength. It is often associated with fiddler crab burrows.

Movement / Home Range

Although historically reported from coastal areas of Volusia, Brevard, and Indian River counties, Florida, it now appears to be restricted to a limited coastal strip in Volusia County. Its population level is currently unknown.

Reproductive Strategy

Little is known about the life history of this snake, but it is probably similar to the Gulf salt marsh snake. Females of the Gulf Coast race produce from 2 to 14 live young, usually in mid-summer.

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