The Red-bellied Mudsnake (commonly just called a “Mudsnake”) is a large, harmless aquatic species know for their vibrant, contrast-y, and beautiful red and black coloration. They range throughout MS, and inhabit muddy-bottomed bodies of water, ditches, and streams; generally they are found where the amphiuma are. Adults may reach well over 5 or even 6 feet in total length. They are nocturnal hunters and primarily eat amphiumas, large native salamanders found in similar aquatic environments.
- Glossy black back and red-patterned belly
Western Mudsnake (Farancia abacura reinwardtii)
Muddy-bottomed water bodies
Nocturnally active and highly aquatic
Amphiuma and siren salamanders