Everglades Ratsnake

Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni

Description:  Average around four to five feet long, but some specimens may reach lengths of over six feet. The record for a Glades rat is just over seven feet long! The ground color of these beautiful snakes is a rich orange, with four indistinct gray longitudinal stripes. The belly is a bright orange or orange-yellow. They also have orange eyes and a red tongue. Neonates start out a pinkish- or orange-buff color with distinct gray blotches.

Range: Southern Florida

Habitat:  Commonly found near pinelands, hardwood hammocks, swamps, marshes, prairies, and agricultural fields.

Diet:
Wild: It feeds on rodents, lizards, frogs, and birds and their eggs.
Zoo: Rodents

Reproduction: Egg-laying. They lay 5 to 27 eggs.