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Eastern Indigo Snake image courtesy of The Orianne Society
Reintroducing the Eastern Indigo Snake
Join Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center staff for a virtual visit from The Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC) to learn about the United States' longest, nonvenomous, native snake: The Eastern Indigo Snake! An inhabitant of pinelands and sandhills, the Eastern indigo snake is a keystone species throughout these ecosystems, but today, it is unfortunately also classified as a threatened species due to habitat loss. OCIC staff will discuss the ecology and natural history of this special snake, in addition to the important work they are doing to rear and reintroduce Eastern indigo snakes into areas of its historic range in the southeastern United States.

The OCIC is a cutting edge conservation facility built by The Orianne Society, specifically for the propagation of the Eastern Indigo Snake. In 2014, the Central Florida Zoological Society, Inc. partnered with The Orianne Society to operate the facility and currently maintains a colony of over 100 indigo snakes for the purpose of reproduction and reintroduction programs. Since opening the facility in east Lake County, the Center has hatched over 250 indigo snakes, and has aided in the release of over 100 indigo snakes in Conecuh National Forest in Alabama. In addition, the OCIC has established a second release site at The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in Florida. The work taking place at the OCIC facilitates a comprehensive approach to long-term captive breeding programs for indigo snakes and species of conservation importance.

This program was generously sponsored by the Friends of Weedon Island.

Photo courtesy of The Orianne Society.

Feb 24, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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