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Red Rat Snake

Pantherophis guttatus

Description:

Its average length ranges from 30-48 inches (76.2-121.92 centimeters), but it can grow up to 72 inches (182.9 centimeters). This species varies in color, but usually has a yellowish-tan to orange body color, with large red or faded blotches located on their back, a belly with dark marks, and a “V” on the top of its head (Huegel and Cook 2004, Florida Natural Areas Inventory 2001).

Habitat:

Red rat snakes inhabit pine rocklands, rockland hammocks, mangrove forests, and a variety of disturbed habitats, including urbanized areas. This species is found in every county of Florida.

Notes:

Found this snake on the back porch, I think he was after some lizards that think my porch is their home!

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MelissaFerguson
Spotted by
MelissaFerguson

Melbourne, Florida, USA

Spotted on Sep 24, 2013
Submitted on Sep 25, 2013

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