Farancia is a genus of colubrid snakes. It consists of two species, one commonly referred to as the rainbow snake and the other commonly referred to as mud snake. They are native to the eastern half of the United States.
Farancia species can grow to a length of 30-54 inches. They are usually uniform dark brown or black with a brightly colored underside that is red or orange. Rainbow snakes exhibit red striping down their back.
The snakes of this genus are typically semi-aquatic. Living in the muddy edges of slow moving, permanent water sources. Their diet consists primarily of amphiumas, eels, and sirens. Breeding occurs in early spring, and eggs are laid in a burrow near the water in early summer. The clutch incubates between 8-12 weeks, and hatches in mid-autumn.
Minimum size at maturation in the mud snake, Farancia abacura (Serpentes: Colubridae) from the southeastern United States.
Aug 01, 2006; Abstract -- Museum specimens of 129 female mud snakes (Farancia abacura) were examined for body size and reproductive...
First report of Ochetosoma aniarum (Digenea: Ochetosomatidae) from the Brazos water snake, Nerodia harteri (Serpentes: Colubridae), in Texas, with a summary of definitive hosts of this parasite.
Feb 01, 2008; The Brazos water snake, Nerodia harteri, is a medium-sized colubrid endemic to the Brazos River system of 11 counties of...