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Emperor of the Forest | by Nick Scobel
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Emperor of the Forest

A five foot adult female Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) from the sandy ridges of central Florida. The genus Drymarchon, roughly translates to "emperor of the forest." The Eastern Indigo Snake is the largest native snake in North America, attaining lengths of over eight feet. These impressive snakes were once found throughout much of the southeastern coastal plain, but development and destruction of habitat has caused large declines across the species' range. Indigoes are now isolated to pockets of habitat in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. This is a snake that I've longed to encounter in the wild for a long time, and to stumble onto two of them was something I won't soon forget.

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Taken on February 13, 2016