Snakes

 of Tennessee

 

 Gray Ratsnake

Pantherophis spiloides
(formerly Elaphe spiloides)
 
Photo by Lisa Powers
 

Description:   COMING SOON

Habitat:

Life History:

Range: Statewide

Additional Notes: Sometimes also referred to as a 'chicken snake' for their habit of entering chicken coops to feed on the eggs and chicks.

Behavior: When confronted, this snake may assume a strike stance and rapidly vibrate its tail. This species is a very good climber and will raid bird houses and nests of eggs and chicks.

Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee: None

 

Distribution of the Gray Ratsnake in Tennessee

Map by Susan Marden, TWRA, GIS Lab

Juvenile Gray Ratsnake

Photo by John White

Photo by Brad Glorioso

Photo by Brad Glorioso

Photo by Matthew L. Niemiller

Photo by Matthew L. Niemiller

Photo by Brad Glorioso

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo Courtesy of Arnold Air Force Base

 

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06 August 2012