Yellow Rat Snake: (Pantherophis alleghaniensis)
Yellow rat snakes (pantheerophis alleghaniensis); also known as the eastern rat snake, rat snake, chicken snake and the everglades rat snake; belongs to the colubridae family. They average in size between 36 to 72 inches long, with the record being 90 inches long.
Yellow rat snakes color patterns consist of a light tan or brownish yellow with four stripes that run down its body, some have dark blotches. The head is spear shaped, and the pupils are round.
Yellow rat snakes are found throughout Florida, including Key Largo. They prefer habitats that are in hardwood hammocks, pine – lands, swamps, marshes, prairies, agriculture fields and residential areas.
Yellow rat snakes are carnivores, primarily consuming small rodents, birds and their eggs, frogs and lizards.
Yellow rat snakes are mainly nocturnal. They are excellent climbers and terrestrial burrower, spending most of their time hiding or underground. They are commonly found under logs, rocks, trees and tree bark. These snakes are a popular choice for pets, living up to 20 years or longer in captivity. Yellow rat snakes are completely harmless to humans.