Central Florida’s subtropical climate with mild, humid winters and hot, rainy summers provides ideal habitat for glossy swampsnakes. Daily temperatures average in the 70s°F with 80%+ humidity year-round. Annual rainfall exceeds 50 inches, especially during the June to September wet season.
These conditions allow for an abundance of freshwater wetlands, marshes, swamps, streams, and ponds surrounded by dense vegetation. Open canopied wetlands with aquatic plants for basking, shelter, and egg laying are preferred. Rural wetlands and drainage networks provide remote, undisturbed habitat.