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 Emory's Rat Snake (Elaphe emoryi)




Emory's Rat Snake | Elaphe emoryi photo
Great Plains Rat Snake

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

EMORY'S RAT SNAKE FACTS

Description
Emory's Rat Snake, also known as the Great Plains Rat Snake, is light gray or tan in color, with dark gray, brown, or green-gray blotches down its back. It has stripes on each side of the head that meet between the eyes. They are mainly nocturnal. When threatened it thrashes its tail around.

Other Names
Great Plains Rat Snake

Size
60cm - 105cm

Environment
open grassland, open forest, coastal plains, semi-arid regions, rocky regions, farmland,

Food
mainly rodents. They also eat birds, and sometimes snakes, lizards and frogs.

Breeding
oviparous, lays clutches of up to 25 eggs in the late spring.

Range
found in eastern United States, from New Jersey to Nebraska, to Colorado, south to Texas, and into northern Mexico.

Notes
Emory's Rat Snake is non-venomous and often kept as a pet. Captive breeding with the Corn Snake has produced a variety of colours and patterns.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Elaphe
Species:emoryi
Common Name:Emory's Rat Snake


Relatives in same Genus
  Baird's Rat Snake (E. bairdi)
  Corn Snake (E. guttata)
  Common Rat Snake (E. obsoleta)
  Texas Rat Snake (E. obsoleta lindheimeri)
  Western Fox Snake (E. vulpina)