Red Rat Snake
|Scientific Name: ||Elaphe guttata guttata |
|Length: ||18-48" (record 72") | Range/Habitat:
West to Louisiana and north to New Jersey. Throughout Florida in diverse habitats: trees, inside old buildings, under brush and mulch piles. Usually inhabits developed areas. Diet:
Rodents, lizards, eggs and birds. Special characteristics:
The rat snake, also known as the corn 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.