Species information

 

Everglades Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni

Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni - Everglades Rat Snake

 

Common name

Everglades Rat Snake

Scientific name

Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni

Family

Colubridae

Appearance

The colour of the everglades rat snake varies with age. Youngsters have grey blotches on an orange/rust background. Adults still have the rust/orange background, but they have 4 stripes running the length of the body.

 

Locality

Florida, Everglades.

 

Adult size

5-7 ft.

 

Approx lifespan

Up to 20 years.

 

REcomended vivarium size

36x18x28in, larger individuals may require larger vivariums.

 

Basic set up type

Woodland, use wood and bark to create a few climbing opportunities but bare in mind these snakes are primarily terrestrial. Hides should be put in with the warm and and the cool end of the vivarium.

 

Diet

A diet of rodents is best for the Everglades Rat Snake.

 

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