This species is native to the southeastern part of The United States in areas like eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
This species is nocturnal and spend most of the daytime under leaf litter, fallen logs, debris like boards, tin or trash. The Cemophora coccinea feeds on lizards, reptile eggs, small rodents and other snakes. The scarlet snakes lay eggs in clutches comprising 3-8 eggs per clutch. Breeding occurs in Spring months having eggs laid through the summer. The eggs hatch in early fall.
The scarlet snake or cemophora coccinea is relatively small and has a total length that includes the tail of 14-26 inches. The dorsum is light gray in color with series of blotches which are red in color and bordered with black. The dorsal blotches which are band-like ring in appearance and extends down the sides of the body. Like the harmless scarlet kingsnake, the scarlet snake has red bands that do not touch yellow bands. The bands do not extend to the venter, thus leaving the underside solid pink, white or grayish. The snout is pointed and usually red in
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