Rat Snake

Latin name Elaphe obsoleta
Class Reptiles
Order: Squamata
Family Colubridae
IUCN Status Not Listed
Habitat Grasslands and Sub tropical forest, Farmland
Distribution North America

General Information

Rat snakes are large non-venomous snakes that can grow over 6ft in length. They are carnivores and in the wild would eat large numbers of rodents, birds, lizards and frogs, which they kill by constricting.

They generally have a docile nature. They are agile and able to climb trees.
Lifespan: 10-15 years

Fun Fact

We only get fed once a week as it takes us that long to digest our food!

Keeper Notes

We have 2 species of rat snakes – a Texas rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri), which is a tan colour, and an Everglades rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni), which is a red colour, so they are easy to tell apart.