Grey Rat Snake
|Scientific Name:||Elaphe alleghaniensis (Eastern) |
Elaphe spiloides (Midland)
|Length:||36-72" (record 84")|
Species of rat snakes occur across North America and throughout Florida. Florida’s Panhandle species recently split into the eastern and the midland rat snakes, their range divided by the Apalachicola River. Diverse habitats: trees, inside old buildings, under brush and mulch piles. Usually inhabits developed areas.Diet:
Rodents, lizards, eggs and birds.Special characteristics:
The grey rat snake’s appearance varies in different parts of Florida. In the Panhandle, both young and adults are grey with irregular, darker grey blotches on the back. Another common name for it is white oak snake.
The rat snake is the best climber among Florida’s snakes because of its specially edged scales for gripping vertical surfaces and its powerful constricting muscles. It is a constrictor, and excellent at controlling rat and mouse populations.