Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern (yellow) rat snake;
Volusia county, Florida (17 August 2017).
Here’s one of our backyard Yellow rat snakes (as we refer to them locally). In central Florida, the Eastern rat snake sports this particular patterning (yellow base tone with dark stripes). If you hear tell of Eastern rat snakes and Yellow rat snakes, they are both the same thing. Whatever you choose to call them colloquially, they remain, as ever, entirely awesome. This is a fairly small one.