Inhabits tropical and semi-tropical grassland habitats near ponds and swampy regions of Florida. When captive, adults require a 29 gallon enclosure.
Most will become tame with regular handling. Provide some dark hiding places when keeping this species in captivity.
Use full spectrum lighting 12-14 hours per day. Provide a basking area with access to a cooler zone. Provide several climbing areas on branches, logs, & plants.
Day temperature should be gradient from 78 to 90 degrees F. Maintain night temperature range between 72-80 degrees F. Use reptile heating pads under tank for 24-hour heat.
This species requires moderate levels of humidity.
Provide a large fairly deep bowl for drinking and soaking.
This species is a carnivore (meat eater). Feed appropriate sized rodents (mice, hamsters, rats). Enjoys feeding on small lizards and snakes as well as amphibians and birds.