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Gray Rat Snake

The grey rat snake is a constrictor that is commonly found in the west of Mississippi River, western province of Appalachian Mountains, surrounding areas of Gulf of Mexico, and southwestern region of New England. The climber snake hunts by inhaling the scent of their preys.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Suborder Serpentes
Family Colubridae
Genus Pantherophis
Scientific Name Pantherophis spiloides

Other Names Central ratsnake and midland ratsnake
Size 3-6 ft (91.44-183 cm)
Color Dorsal blotches are dark and elongated, gray scales, eye covering bands, gray patterns on body
Distribution Central and eastern United States and Canada
Habitat Fields, hardwood forests,
Diet Adults: Bird eggs, birds, and small mammals,
Juvenile: Lizards and frogs
Hibernation Throughout the winter
Predator Foxes, egrets, and hawks
Venom Fact Non-venomous
Breeding Time April-July
Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
Clutch Size 5-27 eggs
Average Lifespan In the Wild: 10-15 years,
In Captivity: One reported to live for 25 years
IUCN Conservation Status Not listed

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Published on September 4th 2019 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th September 2019.

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