On my daily hikes and through your newspaper, I have seen pictures of stingrays, sharks, dolphins and crocodiles. On May 20, I met this fellow, halfway from the pier to Bowditch Point.
I am curious as to what kind of snake this is and what he was doing on the beach next to the water.
Editor’s Note: Thank you for sending your photo! According to FWC Officer Stuart Spoede, this is a yellow rat snake, a common non-venomous snake in our area. As for why, we’d guess he was startled out of his regular habitat further inland and was just as surprised to find himself on the beach as you were to find him there. Learn more about Florida’s non-venomous snakes at bit.ly/nonvensnakes