Red Rat Snake Pantherophis guttatus guttatus

Snakes don’t have great vision so they rely on other senses to get around. The Jacobson’s organ works in tandem with the tongue to detect nearby scent molecules.

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ORIGIN:
Eastern and south central United States

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HABITAT:
Forests and grasslands

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
2 lbs
Length: 18-58 in

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DIET:
Small mammals, birds, lizards and eggs

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PREDATORS:
Larger snakes

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Camouflage

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REPRODUCTION:
Sexually mature at 16-18 months

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THREATS:
None

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 32 yrs in human care

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