We’ve been posting about Corn snakes found in the Bahamas for a while, but now we have some new observations from Grand Bahama, too (note, that Corn snakes have been on Grand Bahama since at least the mid 1990’s.)
Both observations come from a resident that lives on the south shore of Grand Bahama near The Grand Lucayan Golf course. The first observations were reported back in early May.
More recently, this same resident sent along a pretty cool photo of two corn snakes intertwined from the same property. I am guessing that these two are copulating! That said, males of some snake species engage in a sort of wrestling match that can appear similar to copulation making me a little uncertain about what exactly these two are up to. However, I don’t know if corn snakes ‘wrestle’, so I am willing to say that these two are probably a mating pair. Notable is the numbers reported from this property…at least 4 in a little over three months!
Another interesting aspect of these reports is that the area from where these guys are reported is near a golf course. Besides this report, many of the observations from within the introduced range of Corn snakes in the Caribbean are near golf courses: Abaco observations are all near Winding Bay, and Cayman Islands reports are from a golf course behind Seven Mile Beach. There are a lot of golf courses in the Bahamas and many Corn snake reports originate from areas that are not golf courses, but I still wonder if there is a connection here. For example, perhaps watering provides additional moisture or some kind of food resource for these snakes, or maybe the importation of palms from the US is a route of introduction as we speculated earlier (HERE, & HERE).
Please keep on sending in your corn snake observations. Reporting of behaviors, habitats, and distributions can contribute significantly to our understanding of this introduced species.
Thanks and keep ’em coming!