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FWC seeking support for rare snake sightings

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Updated: 8/14/2013 1:45 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission want the publics help to report the sightings of three rare snake species.

The three snakes in question include the Florida pine snake, southern hognose snake, and the short-tailed snake.

FWC officials ask that people help with research on these species by reporting sightings online.

All of these snakes have been petitioned for federal listing. They are found in dry, upland habitats and spend most of their time underground. They are only occasionally seen moving along the surface or crossing a road.

For each report, the citizen is asked to provide the location where they saw the snake and the month and year the observation occurred. Researchers are also requesting citizens to submit photos of the snakes, when possible, to verify identification. Reports can include live or dead animals.

FWC officials say these species are nonvenomous, but citizens should avoid handling or disturbing them.
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