This threatened species is the longest snake native to the United States and is an apex predator in longleaf pine ecosystems. Though they previously lived all throughout the southeast portion of the country, habitat fragmentation has reduced their range to Peninsular Florida and southeastern Georgia.
In 2014, the Zoo partnered with the Orianne Society to create the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC). The OCIC is a cutting-edge conservation facility in Eustis, FL, which works to breed and release Eastern indigo snakes back into their native habitats. Since its development, the OCIC has successfully hatched over 250 indigo snakes, has aided in the release of over 100 indigo snakes in Conecuh National Forest in Alabama and the Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in Florida.
When you join us for I Heart Indigos Day, you’ll have the opportunity to meet expert staff from the OCIC, have an up-close encounter with one of these amazing snakes, learn about the importance of longleaf pine ecosystems, and more!