The Florida Brownsnake thrives in the warm, humid climate of central Florida which lacks extended freezing weather. Average temperatures range from the 60s°F (15-20°C) in winter to over 80°F (27°C) in summer. Annual rainfall averages 50+ inches.
Natural habitats include pine flatwoods, scrub, hardwood hammocks, and wetlands. But Florida Brownsnakes readily adapt to disturbed areas like parks, gardens, and suburbs, taking shelter in leaf litter, compost piles, flower beds, and building foundations. Abundant insects, worms, and small vertebrates provide ample prey.