The Eastern Indigo Snake is a species of large snakes that live in the eastern part of the United States. They have a blue and black coloration that is noted for the species and some red around the snake's head. The Eastern Indigo Snake can grow up to nine feet long and weigh more then ten pounds making them one of the longest snakes in North America. These snakes prefer to live in places with flatwoods, hammocks, dry glades, stream bottoms, cane fields, riparian thickets, and high ground with well-drained, sandy soils. Habits though do vary depending on the seasons. These snakes will eat other snakes including the Eastern Diamondback Rattle snake, which Indigo snakes are immune to the venom of the Diamondback rattlesnakes as well as birds, frogs, lizards, animal eggs, and other small mammals. When attacking their prey they will bang their prey against something hard to subdue them. Due to their docile nature they are often kept as pets, which requires a permit to buy one any where in the United States. The only enemies that pose a threat to these snakes are humans themselves, which includes highway accidents and being gassed out of their borrows by rattlesnake hunters. These incidents are why these snakes are now protected under federal law in both the states of Florida and Georgia. They are also found in states from South Carolina all the way down south to Florida and as far west as Louisiana.
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