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Great Plains Ratsnake Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Elaphe guttata emoryi
  • Class

    Reptiles
  • Order

    Serpentes
  • Range

    This snake can be found from New Jersey to Nebraska and down into northern Mexico.

  • Status

    The Great Plains ratsnake is identified as a species of least concern by conservation authorities.

  • Habitat

    The Great Plains ratsnake favors grasslands and forests. It can be found on farmland, where it preys on rodents.

  • Niche

    As the name suggests, rodents make up the primary diet, although the ratsnake will also feed on birds, reptiles and amphibians. It kills by constriction-wrapping prey in its coils and tightening them until the prey suffocates. The ratsnake is primarily nocturnal, hunting at night

  • Life History

    Female ratsnakes lay as many as 25 eggs after breeding.

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