Great Plains Rat Snake
Common Name: Great Plains Rat Snake
Scientific Name: Elaphe guttata emoryi
Information Sheet - Great Plains Rat Snake
The Great Plains Snake is a non-venomous species of snake that is popular among snake pet lovers. It is also crossbred with the Corn Snake they can produce different colors and patterns.
Great Plains Snakes are average sized snakes that grow to four feet from an initial eight to fourteen inches. Though some variations may exist, this species is normally gray in color. However, it has several blotches could also come in brown or black colors.
The Great Plains snake will be found in almost two thirds of the United States. It is prevalent in Nebraska, New Jersey, Colorado and Texas as well as other parts of Mexico.
The Great Plains Snake will mostly occupy grassy plains and lightly forested areas as these provide it with enough cover to move and hide when necessary. Although it will also be found in some desert conditions as long as there are some thorny shrubs and bushes. They also inhabit farmland, coastal plains and semi mountainous regions.
Although this snake is active during day and night it is unlikely to be comfortable during the day because of high temperatures thus exhibits a nocturnal lifestyle. It has the capacity to not only climb but also burrow in sandy and rocky surfaces. They are bound to shake their tails continuously thus producing a rattling sound when the tail moves against leaves or any other raspy substances.
They breed in March or April when the male and females mate. The eggs are laid a month later and take up to eighty days to hatch.
They can be crossbred with the Corn Snake in captivity. Hatchlings should be fed on nestling mice while the older snake can eat a variety of rodent types. Its preference to burrow requires the setting to have appropriate substrate matter that it can not only ding but also hide.