The Florida Museum of Natural History confirmed to the institute that this sighting was their first report of the species in Marion County since 1969.
The museum mentioned rainbow snakes are nonvenomous and innocent.
“Rainbow snakes are highly-aquatic, spending most of their life hidden amongst aquatic vegetation; seldom seen, even by herpetologists, due to their cryptic habits,” in accordance with the institute.
Biologists speculate that the snake, additionally nicknamed the “eel moccasin,” slithered its method into the forest after a current change in water ranges within the Rodman Reservoir.
The common grownup rainbow snake is round three toes 6 inches lengthy, with the report set at 5 toes 6 inches, in accordance with the Florida Museum of Natural History.