Species information


Everglades Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni

Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni - Everglades Rat Snake


Common name

Everglades Rat Snake

Scientific name

Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni




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.



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.



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


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