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Mud Snake Western

Mud Snake Western
Species Name:
Farancia abacura
Not venomous

Common Name:
Mud Snake Western

Species Name:
Farancia abacura


KSNPC status is: Special Concern


Adults reach 40 to 50". A beautiful snake with a glossy black back and red or pink belly that extends up onto the sides alternating with black. Tail has a sharp spine.


Eats sirens, amphiumas, frogs & fish. Prefers shallow ponds and wetland with abundant coarse woody debris and plants.

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