Farancia erytrogramma seminola Neill, 1964

Southern Florida rainbow snake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 13 September 1952


This species was declared "officially extinct" on the 5th of October, 2011. However, another press release since then has condemned the US government's eagerness to declare the species extinction without adequate surveys, and in spite of several unconfirmed reports. The Centre for Snake Conservation was as of February 2014 looking for a generous donor to help fund a trip back to Fish Eating Creek.



Fish Eating Creek, Florida, USA


Biology & Ecology




Only three specimens of this subspecies were ever collected between 1949 and 1952; the holotype (now residing in the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida) and two paratypes, both of which seem to have been lost at some point.


Holotype: UF 19416

For photos of the holotype, see:






Original scientific description:

Neill, Wilfred T. (1964). Taxonomy, Natural History, and Zoogeography of the Rainbow Snake, Farancia erytrogramma (Palisot de Beauvois). American Midland Naturalist 71(2): 257-295. [Abstract]


Other references:


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