Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake

This snake is frequently
seen basking above the water on the limbs of mangrove trees. It also uses the
burrows of fiddler crabs as a resting space. Although it lives in a saltwater
habitat, it does not have salt glands to help it get rid of excess salt.
Instead, it obtains freshwater from rain, coastal streams, or from its prey.
Like all snakes, it is an excellent predator and helps keep prey populations in
check.
 
These snakes are on exhibit in our Ghost of the Bayou exhibit.