Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata
  • Average size:  40-70 inches; Record 90 inches.  Young are 11-17 inches
    at birth.
  • Range:  North-Northeast of Florida peninsula through the south central
    area of the state.
  • Diet:  Rodents and birds.
  • Status: Common
  • Found near hardwood hammocks, pinelands, swamps, prairies,
    marshes, residential areas, and agricultural fields.
  • Commonly called "chicken snake".
  • Yellow rat snakes are very capable of eating gray squirrels.  Click on
    the images below in sequence and see the proof.  Photos taken by
    Rachel Nutter.

Image #1,  Image #2,  Image #3,  Image #4,  Image #5,  
Rachel holding the yellow rat snake

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