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The Southeastern Crown Snake (Tantilla coronata) is a common species of small snake found in the southeastern United States. It has a black head with a yellowish crossbar on the occiput, followed by a black collar 3 to 5 scales wide. The remainder of the dorsum is reddish brown, and the underside is whitish. It has smooth scales in 15 rows and a divided anal plate.[1] Adults average 20-25 cm (8-10 in.) long.[2] It has enlarged grooved teeth at the rear of the upper jaw, and may produce a mild venom which is not dangerous to humans, especially because it never bites when handled. It feeds on small invertebrates such as centipedes and earth-dwelling insect larvae.[3] Females lay eggs in the summer that hatch in the fall.

  1. Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History) Volume III. London.
  2. Conant, Roger. 1975. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern snd Central North America. Houghton Mifflin. Boston,
  3. Schmidt, K.P. and D.D. Davis. 1941. Field Book of Snakes of the United States and Canada. G.P. Putnam's Sons. New York.

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