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Eastern Rat Snake

Scotophis alleghaniensis

ON EXHIBIT:  Delta Swamp at River Journey.

Eastern Rat Snake

FUN FACTS
The harmless rat snake is one of the most common and beneficial snakes in the United States. It gets its name from the fact that it is frequently found on farms and in barns feeding on rats and mice. If you remove or kill a rat snake from these areas, the rodent population can increase quickly, posing a threat to human health and to food and grain supplies.

CONSERVATION
Eastern rat snakes are protected in some of the states where they occur.



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About This Animal

SIZE: 7 ft (2.1 m)

RANGE: Southeastern United States

HABITAT: Woodlands, rural farms and near human habitations

DIET: Rodents and lizards