Based on N-terminal sequence analysis, Leaf-nosed viper [alpha]A chain showed maximum sequence similarity (93.3%) with [alpha]A chain from Sindhi krait (Bungarus sindanus sindanus), followed by Indian cobra (Naja naja), Texas indigo snake
(Drymarchon melanurus erebennus) and Black-banded sea krait (Laticauda semifasciata) where 90% similarity was observed.
Already Blankinship has reports of use by many reptiles and amphibians in the newly planted habitats: Texas tortoise and Texas indigo snake
, both endangered in the state; the giant toad, threatened in Texas; Gulf Coast toad; checkered whiptail; six-lined racerunner.
The elusive eastern indigo snake--a subspecies of the indigo snake
, which ranges from Georgia, Florida and Texas through South America--has been federally protected as a threatened species since 1978.
The eastern indigo snake
project began in 1998 after an anonymous donor pledged money for a three-year study.
Animals that Benefit: Green jay, chachalaca, ocelot, jaguarundi, red-crowned parrot, indigo snake
, buff-bellied hummingbird
Federally-listed species include the Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), eastern indigo snake
(Drymarchon corais couperi), southeastern beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus niveiventris), and coastal vervain (Verbena maritima).
The O2O corridor provides important habitat for the Florida black bear and protected species like the red-cockaded woodpecker, indigo snake
and gopher tortoise.
Many of these species, such as the Indiana gray bat, gopher tortoise, and Eastern indigo snake
, are listed as threatened, endangered, or sensitive.
Anyone with the money and the inclination can buy a pregnant Everglades rat snake for $29; a Grand Canyon rattlesnake for $3,000; an imperiled Florida Indigo snake
(the largest snake in North America, which can sell for up to $200 a foot); and hundreds of other species, including spiders, lizards, and amphibians.