Elaphe alleghaniensis

jsjones

Anchorage, United States

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Eastern rat snake (Yellow rat snake).
Elaphe alleghaniensis.
State Road 40; Volusia county, Florida.
04 January 2007.
Nikon D70s.

Ah, the Eastern rat snake… Specifically, this what we call a yellow rat snake in Florida. There’s some debate about how to classify these snakes. Are they a regional variant of the general Eastern rat snake species? Or should they be classified as their own distinct species? I don’t have the answer and simply run with the current vibes over at the Center for North American Herpetology.

I do know, however, that yellow rat snakes are remarkable animals. Very patient, very deliberate. They’re excellent climbers and you’ll often find them slinking through the dense Floridian foliage, balancing from limb to limb, as they go about their day.

This individual was one of several I’ve found in one secret little nook near State Road 40 in Volusia county. The brush in that area is rich with wildlife, yellow rat snakes being only one among many.

Janson,
http://floridana.typepad.com

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