Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat (corn) snake;
Volusia county, Florida (23 September 2016).
Here’s a profile mugshot of a fairly young Red rat snake, also known as the Corn snake. This is a modest, understated species abundant throughout much of the eastern United States, especially in Florida. Though not the largest non-venomous species slinking about our foliage, they are are quite impressive in their own right. Fairly steady and measured in their movements, the Corn snake is an apt and able climber. They’re also very good at finding their way to small rodents, bird eggs, amphibians, and, at times, other reptiles.