Eastern Rat Snake
About This Animal
SIZE: 7 ft (2.1 m)
RANGE: Southeastern United States
HABITAT: Woodlands, rural farms and near human habitations
DIET: Rodents and lizards
ON EXHIBIT: Delta Swamp at River Journey
The harmless rat snake is one of the most common and beneficial snakes in the United States. It gets its name from the fact that it is frequently found on farms and in barns feeding on rats and mice. If you remove or kill a rat snake from these areas, the rodent population can increase quickly, posing a threat to human health and to food and grain supplies.