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GRAY RAT SNAKE
WHITE OAK SNAKE
Synonym: Elaphe obsoleta spiloides
A common snake of many panhandle habitats extending eastward to between the Apalachicola River and the Suwannee River (reference sources vary). The range extends west to the Mississippi River and north into Wisconsin & Michigan.
From the Big Bend area of Florida to the Osceola National Forest - much of the Suwannee River drainage - P. spiloides easily hybridizes with the eastern, or yellow, rat snake, P. alleghaniensis to form what is sometimes called the Gulf Hammock Rat Snake. The snake pictured here was seen in this area, and could be a hybrid, although this one does show characteristics typical of the Gray Rat Snake.
Average adult size is from one to two meters (~ 1-2 yards) and both juveniles and adults are gray with dark blotches. The belly is sandy gray with dark square blotches. Scales are weakly keeled.
Habitats include pinelands, hardwood hammocks, cypress strands, swamps, marshes, prairies, farmland and residential areas.
For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Florida Museum of Natural History Herpetology page for this species
Date record last modified:
Sep 23, 2011