The indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) is the longest snake that is native to the US and can be up to seven feet long. The indigo snake can be found throughout the state of Florida. The indigo snake is considered to be “federally threatened” and is therefore granted “protected” status. They are identifiable by their blackish-blueish hue.
While most species on the “federally protected” list have regulation ensuring that they are mitigated, the indigo snake is far less regulated by comparison. The United States Fish & Wildlife Service is the federal entity that regulates wildlife mitigation. According to the USFWS, there is no particular survey protocol if indigo snakes are found on property slated for development.
While there are no specific survey requirements, they do usually make a determination of the impact that development will have upon the indigo snakes and their habitat. While there are no requirements to purchase Conservation Bank credits, the USFWS may request a voluntary donation to the Indigo Snake Conservation Fund.
In the video below, Elaine Imbruglia of Modica & Associates sits down with The Land Journal to discuss Indigo Snakes as well as other wildlife mitigation in the state of Florida.
Elaine has 24 years of experience in ecological consulting and scientific studies. She has worked for the private, public and non-profit sectors. Imbruglia specializes in comprehensive environmental planning and strategic site design for large-scale projects.
Richard Dempsey, ALC, is a licensed real estate associate specializing in all types of agricultural land, citrus groves, large acreage tracts, ranches, hunting/recreational tracts, and commercial/development land. He has been associated with SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate since 2000. Learn more about Richard.
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