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. Adults average 20-25 cm (8-10 in.) long. 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. Females lay eggs in the summer that hatch in the fall.
- ↑ Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History) Volume III. London.
- ↑ Conant, Roger. 1975. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern snd Central North America. Houghton Mifflin. Boston,
- ↑ 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.