Yellow Rat Snake

Elaphe obsolete quadrivittata

A constrictor growing to lengths of six feet or more, the yellow rat snake plays an important role in controlling the rodent population in the southeastern United States. Special belly scales enable it to climb trees and raid bird nests for eggs and hatchlings as well.

Fact File

life expectancyLife Expectancy: 20 yrs
venomousVenomous: Non-venomous
habitatHabitat: Woods, fields, and swamps
dietDiet: Rodents, birds, eggs, lizards, frogs, and insects