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Great Plains Rat Snake

Great plains rat snake is a type of non-venomous snake native to the central region of the United States. The species is mainly nocturnal and is known to be quite secretive. The snake exhibits both terrestrial and arboreal nature.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Tribe Lampropeltini
    Genus Pantherophis
    Scientific Name Pantherophis emoryi

    Other Names Brown Rat Snake, Chicken Snake, Emory’s Coluber, Emory’s Pilot Snake, Emory’s Racer, Emory’s Snake, Gray Rat Snake, Eastern Spotted Snake, Prairie Rat Snake, Mouse Snake, Spotted Mouse snake, Western Pilot Snake, Texas Rat Snake
    Length 3 to 5 ft
    Color Light gray or tan with brown, dark gray or green-gray irregular patches down the back; stripes on both sides of the head which joins to form a point between the eyes
    Distribution Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas (United States), northern Mexico
    Habitat Grassland, lightly forested habitats, coastal plains, semi-arid regions, rocky, moderately mountainous regions, farmland
    Diet Rodents, birds, other snakes, lizards, frogs
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter below the ground or under rocks, slabs, crevices or anywhere below the frost or freeze line in the ground
    Predators Medium-sized mammals, raptors
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season March-April
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous(egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 37 eggs
    Reproductive Age Male: 2 years of age
    Female: 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan More than 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on December 27th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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