Field Guide to Maryland's Snakes (Order Squamata)
Sub-order Serpentes, Family Colubridae
Cemophora coccinea copei
Photo of Adult Northern Scarletsnake courtesy of John White
14 - 20 inches. Record - 32½ inches.
Habitat Photo for
courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
In or near loose well-drained sandy soils, typically in pine-dominated woods.
How to Find
A secretive burrowing species that little is known about, it is rarely found during daylight. Look under coarse woody debris in pine woodlands. Most individuals are observed by driving slowly along paved roads through pine woods in late spring and summer. Non-venomous. This is considered rare in the state and is listed as a Watchlist species. Any individuals found should be reported to DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Distribution in Maryland
Found only on the Coastal Plain.
- Discover Maryland's Herps
- Maryland Herp History
- Maryland Herp Checklist
- Survey Techniques, Collecting Ethics, Safety and the Law
- Problems with Buying Frogs and Tadpoles for Wild Release
- Technical Guide: A Key to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Maryland - 86.3 MB pdf file
- Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) Project
- Natural Heritage Program
- Wildlife & Heritage Home
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