Seminatrix is a genus of colubrid snakes commonly known as swamp snakes. There is a single species in the genus, Seminatrix pygaea with three subspecies:
Swamp snakes are found in the states of North Carolina
, South Carolina
, and Florida
on the east coast of the United States
. They prefer swampland habitat, that is heavily vegetated.
snakes are small, thin snakes, usually no longer than 35-38cm. They are uniformly black
, with a bright orange
Behavior & diet
Swamp snakes are almost entirely aquatic. They spend most of their time hiding among dense vegetation in tannic
cypress swamps. They feed on small fish
, and invertebrates
, such as leeches
, giving birth to live young directly in shallow water. Unlike many snakes, female Seminatrix
feed actively while gravid, suggesting that they may pass nutrients directly on to the young.