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Rat snakes

Common Name: Rat snake
Scientific Name: Colubrid

Rat Snake Introduction

Rat snakes are a large, polyphyletic, group of snakes from the Colubrid subfamily Colubrinae. Many species tend to be very skittish and sometimes aggressive but the genus is nonvenomous and bites are usually superficial. A variety of species like Elaphe guttata guttata are known for the ease with which they are tamed and are common in the pet trade. There is considerable variation between different types of rat snake but most are medium to large, rodent eating snakes.

Previously most were assigned to the genus Elaphe but many have been since renamed. The validity of some genera is debatable but for the purpose of this article a more liberal taxonomic stance will be taken. Rat snakes have traditionally been divided into two groups, New World and Old World species.

Alphabetical Rat Snakes Article Listings

» Aesculapian Rat Snake » Amur "Russian" Rat Snake » Baird’s Rat Snake
» Black Rat Snake » Diadem Rat Snake » Diones Rat Snake
» Everglades Rat Sanke » Four-lined Rat Snake » Gray Rat Snake
» Great Plains Rat Snake » Green Rat Snake » Ladder Rat Snake
» Leopard Rat Snake » Mandarin Rat Snake » Radiated Rat Snake
» Steppes Rat Snake » Texas Rat Snake » Trans-pecos Rat Snake
» Trinket Rat Snake » Twin-spotted Rat Snake » Yellow Rat Snake