Skillelinie

Drymarchon corais couperi

(Eastern Indigo snake)

Drymarchon corais couperi Male 
Male 
 

In almost every book on snakes there is a picture of this remarkable snake. Back in the early 70`es it was highly requested and prices were hitting the roof. It is still expensive, but possible to buy. The indigo snake is the largest of the north american snakes reaching 250 cm in length. This subspecies inhabit the southeastern corner of the United States mainly in Florida, but it is rare. There are many different subspecies of Drymarchon living as far south as Argentina. The subspecies varies in color but the eastern indigo is considered the prettiest of them all, with its black body that can shine in an indigoblue color especially after shedding and often a reddish throat. It is a bulky snake with an almost triangular body shape. Older males gets keeled scales on their back.

The eastern indigo snake is often found in the burrow systems of the Gopher turtle, but can be seen outside especially in the early spring basking in the morning sun. Food items consists of almost anything that is not to big including mammels, birds,eggs, amphibiens, reptiles even snakes larger than themself.

Like most other snakes they lay eggs and the juveniles are about 50 cm when they hatches. Juveniles can be hard to feed unless they are offered small snakes as food.

When disturbed all indigos can raise the front of their body and spread the neck vertically (opposite cobraes) and hiss loudly.

 
Drymarchon corais couperi Female
Female
 

It takes space to keep these animals. Their size and the fact that the can eat a mate makes it a better choice to keep them seperate especially during the juvenile state in large terraria. Even adults are best kept alone to avoid canibalism and only introduced to each other under close observation for mating.

They prefer a cooler climate than most northamerican snakes and react when temperature rises.
Their food items are mice, smaller rats and dayold chickens, but when we got ours one of them only ate small fish. Their growth is fast....very fast and they mature in 2-3 years. Unlike most colubrid they mate in the beginning of the winter. We got infertile eggs in the summer 2004 from a very small female.

 
Copulation