I was forwarded this photo posted to Facebook that shows a corn snake, Pantherophis guttata, purportedly captured on Great Guana Cay, on or near Baker’s Bay Resort. Corn snakes are native to the Southern US, not The Bahamas.
I haven’t validated the observation so cannot verify its authenticity. However, these snakes appear to travel well in landscaping plants and building materials. It would make sense if they were established near Baker’s Bay as they appear fairly common around the Abaco Club on Winding Bay near Cherokee, which is another large resort.
This observation is notable because this is the first putative observation of this introduced species outside of the Cherokee area, here on Abaco (notes on the first record there). However, a single specimen does not indicate an established, breeding population. If anyone sees one of these snakes, on Guana or elsewhere, go ahead and comment below with some information about it.
These are non-venomous snakes, but may give a nip if molested. My primary concern with the introduction, and continued spread of these snakes to The Bahamas (now found on Abaco, New Providence, and Grand Bahama) is that they will compete for food with the native snakes or perhaps even eat native animals such as the Abaco parrot, or iguanas.
If anyone knows more about the photo, please let me know. It was originally posted to Facebook by BahamasNews Ma Bey (LINK)