Photo of Rainbowsnake courtesy of Lance Benedict
Tail Barb (top)Anal Plate (bottom)courtesy of John White
Habitat for Rainbowsnakecourtesy of Matt Sell
This is a highly aquatic species, preferring swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams. They tolerate brackish water. They will also be found on dry land, burrowing in moist soil, muck or a sandy substrate.
This is a highly rare species in Maryland. These snakes are swimmers and burrowers. Young may be found by looking under boards or other cover near streams. This snake is state listed as Endangered in Maryland. If found, please report sightings to the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Found infrequently on the western portion of the Coastal Plain and possibly in the Potomac valley into Montgomery County.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)