Common Names: Grey Ratsnake
Scientific Name: Pantherophis obsoletus spiloides
First Described: DUMERIL, BIBRON & DUMERIL, 1854
Adult Size: 120-180cm
Temperament: Shy and sometimes defensive.
Temperature & Humidity Range: Provide a thermal gradient between 28°C (82°F) - 22°C (71°F), spray the enclosure daily with tepid water whilst the snake is in slough
Brumation: 10-15°C for 2-3 months if required
Reproduction: 5-30 eggs are laid per clutch hatching from 50-76 days at an incubation temperature of between 25-29°C
Known Mutations: Albino, White Oak Phase, White Oak 'Malt'
The White Oak Phase is a natural varient, occuring in areas of the Florida panhandle. The White Oak phase is defined by a light overall look of light grey blotches on a silver, almost white background.
In the Apalachicola region of Northwest Florida several specimens have been found with a calico like pattern, a random mottling that is called “Malt.” This colour phase is also being bred in captivity.
Captive Bred Localities:
Natural History: Living in regions with altitude up to 600m. This snake inhabits rocky areas, deciduous forests, swamps, agricultural land and banks of lakes and rivers. All P. obsoletus are able swimmers and will readily flee into water.
Native To: USA
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IUCN Red List: Not Listed
NatureServe Status: N5 - secure