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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.

Did You Know?

Like many reptiles, the incubation temperature of their eggs may determine the offsprings' sex; warmer temperatures usually favor males while cool temperatures favor females.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Pantherophis alleghaniensis

Southeastern United States

Woods, fields, and swamps

20 years

Zoo Location:
Manatee Springs

Rodents, birds, eggs, lizards, frogs, and insects