Southeastern Crowned Snake
Tantilla coronata

Photo by JD Willson


Description: The southeastern crowned snake is a small, shiny brown snake characterized by a light band at the rear of the black head. The belly is either white or yellowish.

Feeding/Diet: They feed primarily on centipedes but may also eat some insects.

Habitat/Range: Crowned snakes are most common in sandy woodlands, flatwoods, and sandhills. They are active at night and spend the day underneath rocks and within rotting logs.

Reproduction: They typically lay 1–3 eggs during the summer.

Miscellaneous: The crowned snake has tiny fangs in the back of the mouth and injects venom into its prey. They are harmless to humans.

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The shaded region represents the range of the southeastern crowned Snake in
North Carolina.

Photo by JD Willson

Photo by RW Van Devender

A southeastern crowned snake feeding on a centipede.
Photo by RW VanDevender

Photo by JD Willson Photo by RW Van Devender

This website created by: J. Willson, Y. Kornilev, W. Anderson, G. Connette and E. Eskew.
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Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina 28035-1719.

Text and maps from: Dorcas, M. E. 2004. A Guide to the Snakes of North Carolina. Davidson College - Herpetology Laboratory, Davidson, NC. – Copyright by Michael E. Dorcas.

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