The Eastern Indigo displayed in the Southern Swamps building is a favorite among Zoo Staff. He is extremely active and fun to watch. “Snakey” came to us as a donation in 2009, weighs 4 pounds, and is about 9 years old. When you visit him, you may notice that one of his eyes is a bit cloudy. He was recently diagnosed with bilateral cataracts. This means he is most likely only seeing shadows. Snakey is still active, even with his vision problem; we just have to be a bit more cautious at feeding time!
These snakes are named for their blue-black color, and are not constrictors like most non-venomous snakes. Instead, these snakes are “crushers.” They crush their prey with powerful jaws. Careful, you don’t want a bite from these snakes!
Eastern Indigo Snakes are threatened for many reasons- habitat loss, collection (many people want these beautiful snakes for pets), and destruction of gopher tortoise burrows (where they call home!). The only places you can find an Eastern Indigo now is in southern Georgia and Florida. The Endangered Species Act has protected this snake since 1978.