3 - 4 1/2 ft
The great plains rat snake is a common constrictor. Although
adults are seldom seen, neonates and juveniles are very common.
The great plains rat snake was at one time considered a subspecies
of the corn snake, Pantherophis guttatus, but has recently
been elevated to species level. It is easy identify by the spearpoint
marking on the top of the head. Like the black rat snake, the
great plains rat snake can inflict painful bites. Rat snakes
are non-venomous, but bites have been known to become infected, usually
a result of bacteria.
Joseph T. & Travis W. Taggart (2008. An alternative classification
of the New World Rat Snakes (genus Pantherophis [Reptilia: Squamata:
Colubridae]). Journal of Kansas Herpetology 26: 16-18) retained the
generic name Pantherophis for this species. Standard common name remains
Great Plains Rat Snake.