The Florida crowned snake inhabits xeric and mesic flatwoods, sandhills, scrub habitat, and transitional zones between uplands and wetlands throughout peninsular Florida.
Central Florida’s mosaic of pine flatwoods, scrub, dry prairie, hammocks, and swamps offer excellent habitat. Average annual rainfall ranges 50-65 inches, with 65% falling June-September. Average summer temperatures are around 90°F while winter lows average 55°F.
The Florida crowned snake occupies the moist, loose soils amid dense ground litter in these ecosystems. Habitats with open canopies and patches of bare ground allow sunlight to penetrate and provide warmer, drier microclimates. The snakes utilize burrows of small mammals and self-excavated tunnels for shelter. Ideal habitat provides ample prey like insects and soil invertebrates.