Scaleless FL Banded Water snake

One of a kind. This male was found last fall as a baby. He lives here now.scalelessflwatersnakeb


Found in the wild?

So cool. Glad to see it has scutes.

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Have there been documented cases were scaleless snakes have no scutes? Are they mobile?

Wow, so I did some research myself. I was surprised at how many wild caught scaleless snakes have been reported. As far back as 1942. Snakes ranging from juvenile through adult…and thriving. Even found a few scientific studies showing heat and moisture loss ratio compared to to normals. Still haven’t found anything on lacking ventral scales. Interesting to say the least.

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I have heard ball python scaleless had a lot of trouble moving around and thats why it took extra years for them to consistently be produced and kept alive. But I saw so many scaleless bps this year I think that was all BS. Any scaleless colubrid I ever saw has belly scales and moved just fine.

I’m excited for you and a little jealous at the same time. The odds of finding that are infinitesimally small, it blows my mind. I’ve caught 100’s of northern water snakes over the years, not to mention the other colubrids caught and never came across anything out of the ordinary.
Have you noticed anything unusual about him, shedding, feeding, growth rate? Is he adapting to captivity well?

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Hes been in captivity for a year. Doesnt bite, strike, puff up. Hes more tame than any other snake I have.