GREAT PLAINS RAT SNAKE
Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
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Plains Rat Snake
Length in Kansas up to 52 3/4 inches.
Found throughout most of Kansas, but absent from High Plains north of the Arkansas
River and northeastern corner of state.
Harmless. Weakly keeled scales; a pattern of 2545 squarish brown blotches on
grayish back; a checkerboard pattern of white and black or dark gray markings on belly.
Young resemble adults; almost indistinguishable from young Western Rat Snakes.
Roams rocky hillsides and canyons and frequently inhabits caves; avoids heavily forested
regions. Active from March to September; primarily nocturnal, prowling for food. During
day, remains hidden beneath rocks or in caves and crevices. Number of eggs per clutch
ranges from 3-30. Constrictor. Feeds primarily on small rodents and birds. In region of
caves, eats bats.
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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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