Central Florida’s low-lying wetlands and abundant waterways provide ideal habitat for striped swampsnakes. The subtropical climate brings hot, humid summers and mild, drier winters. Average highs range from the mid-70s°F in January to the low 90s°F from June to September. Rainfall averages over 50 inches annually.
Standing and slow-moving fresh waters like marshes, cypress swamps, ponds, lakes, streams, and canals are preferred, along with wet woods and grassy areas nearby. Striped swampsnakes require moist microhabitats with muddy or loose soils for foraging, shelter, and egg-laying. Drainage ditches, flooded fields, swales, and retention ponds also provide suitable habitat.