Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern rat snake;
Columbia county, Florida (17 May 2009).
The Yellow rat snake is one of several regional variants of the Eastern rat snake. In much of peninsular Florida, this is the typical appearance of the Eastern rat snake — Yellow base tone with dark stripes. It is one of our larger species, ranging anywhere from two to six feet in length. An excellent and agile climber, the Yellow rat snake is not aggressive and actually quite beneficial to have on one’s property. If any rodents show up, the Eastern rat snake will deal with the rising problem. This species is unaggressive and entirely non-venomous.