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Eastern indigo snake informarion, facts - classicanimal

Eastern indigo snake is a large-sized snake species native to North America. They are one of the largest non-venomous snake species on the continent. They are non-venomous snakes but they bite thier prey. They are found in flatwoods, dry glands, or cane fields and mainly feed turtles, lizards, frogs, toads.

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Their scientific name is Drymarchon couperi. Their scientific name comes from the Greek word 'Drymos', which means forest. They are also known as blue indigo snakes, black snakes, blue gopher snakes, blue bull snakes.

Common Name: Eastern indigo snake
Scientific Name: Drymarchon couperi
Other Name: Blue indigo snake, Blue gopher snake, Blue bull snake


Eastern indigo snakes belong to the family Colubridae and the genus of Drymarchon. It is a species of snake. There are 8 sub-species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern' due to hunting, habitat loss.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Drymarchon
Species: D. couperi
Number of Sub-species: 8
Group: Reptile
Conservation Status: Least Concern


Eastern indigo snake is found in North America. They are habitats such as pine flatwoods, hardwood forests, moist hammocks.

Living Locations: North America
Habitat:  Pine flatwoods, Hardwood forests, Moist hammocks


Eastern indigo snake is a large-sized reptile species and its whole body cover with blue-black dorsal and lateral scales. Males are larger than females. An adult length is around 5.5 ft to 8.5 ft cm. Their weight around 3 kg to 5 kg.

Color: Black
Weight: 3 kg to 5 kg (Approx)
Size: 5.5 ft to 8.5 ft (Approx)


Eastern indigo snake is mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meats. They mostly eat turtles, lizards, frogs, toads.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: Turtles, Lizards, Frogs, Toads


Eastern indigo snake has some natural predators like red-tailed hawks, alligators.

Predators: Red-tailed hawks, Alligators


Their lifespan is up to 25 years in the wild. Eastern indigo snake is a diurnal and solitary animal. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 25 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary


At the age of 3 to 5 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 90 days. Eastern indigo snake lays 12 eggs in a breeding season. The young are called snakelets.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 3 to 5 Years
Incubation Period: 90 Days
Average Lay Eggs: 12
Baby called: Snakelet


  • Eastern indigo snake is a non-venomous snake in the world.
  • It is one of the largest snakes in America.



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