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Gray Ratsnake

Pantherophis spiloides


Snake, about 3ft long found in the closet of an abandoned house. Markings on snake - not solid color - & short 'dead skin' looking area on end of tail.

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Gray Ratsnake
Pantherophis spiloides

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LisaPowers 7 years ago

We have two species of rattlesnakes, the pygmy rattlesnake and the timber rattlesnake Ashley. But this is definitely a gray ratsnake and they are one of our larger species in Tennessee. They typically reach an adult size of 39–72 inches but the record is 85 inches.

KarenSaxton 7 years ago

I didn't realize rat snakes got so heavy bodied. I've only seen juveniles... in captivity.

AshleyT 7 years ago

And here is a link since the ID suggestion failed to include one,
Karen, neither rattlesnakes nor gopher snakes occur in TN.

KarenSaxton 7 years ago

did you get a better pic? It looks like a rattler, but could be a gopher snake. Too blurry to tell

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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Aug 10, 2014
Submitted on Aug 10, 2014


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