Great Plains ratsnake

Latin Name
Elaphe guttata emoryi

Class
Reptiles

Order
Serpentes

Description

The Great Plains ratsnake has alternating grey and brown markings running down its body. It can reach up to 4 feet in length.


 

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 the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


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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