The Nature Conservancy in Florida

Locals once fondly called eastern indigo snakes “gopher snakes”, perhaps because of their frequent use of gopher tortoise burrows. But today, few north Florida residents under age 50 have seen one of these docile, blue-black snakes in the wild.

That’s why, at The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, staff collaborates with a private foundation named Project Orianne – the Indigo Snake Initiative. The two groups are working as partners to restore native habitat, and plan to reintroduce the magnificent snake to northwest Florida. A snake-sniffing dog named CJ may help the process.

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