Thomas Leebo Holloway, who people like to call an outdoor enthusiast, spotted a rainbow snake slithering along the shoreline of Black Creek in north Florida on June 19.
Sign up for notifications A Florida man has shocked netizens by documenting an exciting encounter with an unusual reptile that many will say is not real. Thomas Leebo Holloway, who people like to call an outdoor enthusiast, spotted a rainbow snake slithering along the shoreline of Black Creek in north Florida on June 19.
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The 41-year-old wasted no time documenting the impressive reptile. He later posted the clip on Facebook. Holloway said that in all his years of living in Florida, he had never seen a rainbow snake. Why is that? They are very rare and extremely difficult to spot despite their skin colors. See video here. Rainbow snakes (Farancia erytrogramma) are also known as eel moccasins. They are a non-venomous, highly aquatic snake species endemic to the coastal plains of the southeastern United States. They have smooth, shiny bluish-black dorsal scales with three red stripes. In terms of behavior, they are difficult to spot due to their secretive and elusive habits. Rainbow snakes spend most of their lives hidden in aquatic vegetation or other forms of cover. “Rainbow snakes are very aquatic and spend most of their lives hidden among aquatic vegetation; rarely seen, even by herpetologists, due to its cryptic habits,” says an FWC post about a February 2020 sighting in Ocala, the first since 1969. Holloway said his video was taken with his Google Pixel 7 Pro camera.