Pantherophis alleghaniensis, 10 November 2018

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern (“Everglades”) rat snake;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018).

When you dip south to the Everglades, our “yellow” rat snakes gradually become the “Everglades” rat snakes. Rather than sporting a yellow base tone, its shifts to a more orange base tone. This Eastern rat snake, photographed deep within the Everglades system, was somewhere in between. Much darker than our centra Florida Yellow rat snakes, but not quite as orange as many of the Everglades rat snakes. This individual was also a bit sparkier than most of the rat snakes I encounter in central Florida. It put on quite an impressive defensive show!

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