Land & Conservation

Tangled Up in Indigo

April/May 2015

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A captive four-and-a-half-foot adult Eastern indigo snake named Guinness.

photo: Greg Dupree

The indigo snake became federally protected in 1978.

photo: Greg Dupree

The indigo snake gets it name from the scales which appear purple in the sunlight.

Greg Dupree

Indigo snakes can reach 8 feet in length.

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The indigo iridescence of the snake.

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A swamp at the Orianne Indigo Snake Preserve in Georgia.

photo: Greg Dupree

Orianne’s CEO, Chris Jenkins.

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An indigo snake emerging from a gopher tortoise burrow.

photo: Greg Dupree

The indigo snake can be found in a wide range of habitats depending on its native region.

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Longleaf pines line a road.

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Over the years, indigo snakes have been displaced by habitat destruction.