Pantherophis emoryi
Great Plains Rat Snake

Click on a picture to see a larger version in a different window
Other Names: Emory's Ratsnake, Corn Snake
Description: A sender light gray with darker brown blotches running lengthwise down their back. A distinct eye stripe. Scales are weakly keeled. Adults are 18" to 72". Ventral surface flat.
Similar Species: The Trans-Pecos Ratsnake has subocular scales and H-shaped dorsal blotches. The Green Ratsnake is greenish above, with or without pattern and plain white below. Spotted young lack a spear point marking on the head.
Venom: None
Habitat: A snake of a variety of habitats, along stream courses, river bottoms, on rocky hillsides, in canyons and arroyos. Found under logs, rocks and boards.
Behavior: A powerful constrictor. Secretive, found in burrows. Nocturnal during warm weather. When caught excretes feces. Found on highways at night. Is a good climber.
Reproduction: Mates in early spring. Has clutches of 3-20 eggs.
Diet: Forges on rodents, bats, birds and their eggs, lizards and frogs. Young feed mostly on lizards.
Authored by: Garth Teitjen