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Rat Snake

Rat Snake
Species Name:
Elaphe obsoleta
Not venomous

Common Name:
Rat Snake

Species Name:
Elaphe obsoleta


KSNPC status is: Unlisted


Adults can reach 6' in length. Coloration is variable but most often is dark gray with darker blotches although they can be almost completely black with indistinguishable blotches. Young almost always are gray with dark blotches.


Perhaps one of the most common snakes in Kentucky. Lives in a variety of habitats including old buildings where they hunt for mice. Excellent climber that eats rodents, birds and bird eggs, lizards.

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