The climate and habitats of Central Florida provide optimal environmental conditions for red-bellied mudsnakes. Average annual temperatures range from the upper 60s°F to low 80s°F (20-27°C). Abundant rainfall exceeds 50 inches per year, especially during the summer wet season.
These warm, humid conditions support expansive freshwater wetlands, cypress swamps, marshes, ponds, and slow streams where red-bellied mudsnakes thrive. Grasslands, scrubs, and forests also provide cover. Their fondness for mud allows them to inhabit disturbed habitats like rice fields and drainage ditches.
Central Florida’s extensive suitable aquatic habitat and prey availability allow red-bellied mudsnake numbers to flourish. Their secretive nature keeps them concealed from predators and humans despite substantial populations in natural areas.