Detail photo - Yellow Rat Snake

DESCRIPTION: A pretty thing, I think, with nicely colored eyes.

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The Yellow Rat snake is one of the most popular snakes to keep as a pet. They are harmless regarding their venom, but they are able to deliver a nasty bite. While these reptiles do not have venom, it is still important to have your snakebite checked out by a physician. The snake may have consumed a disease carrying rat before it distributed its bite and that can be very dangerous to a human.

Yellow Rat snakes are able to grow to four to six feet long, so you will need a terrarium that is at least four feet by four feet. Most people prefer to have a Yellow Rat snack that was born into captivity as opposed to captured from the wild. These snakes are able to become more docile after being continuously handled, but ones that were born in captivity all usually the most docile.

You should make sure that your snake has branches to climb, as well as a large pan that allows your pet to bath and soak in water. You are able to use most substrates for this type of reptile. Most people prefer newspapers as they are easy to clean and cheap. Yellow Rat snakes are the easiest reptiles to feed as they prefer rats. You should feed your snake rats that were purchased from a pet store as opposed to being caught in the wild. These snakes use their coils to squeeze their prey prior to consumption.

These snakes are sometimes difficult to identify in the wild, this can be a very dangerous mistake. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you purchase your snake from a breeder or pet store. These snakes are often found in farming areas as they enjoy hunting rats. Farmers appreciate having them around due to this reason, as well.

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Running a wildlife removal business in the state of Florida gives me the chance to see all kinds of interesting snakes! Florida has about 45 species of snake, and I've seen 29 of them so far. I've always got my eye out for new species, and I love spotting rare snakes in Florida. I also have a thing for venomous snakes - they're not too common in FL, so I always enjoy the chance to see a poisonous serpent. I really like snakes, and I've never hurt or killed one. They're an important part of the ecosystem, and often persecuted. Still, if you don't want snakes in your house or on your property, and judging from the number of phone calls I receive regarding snake problems, you don't, then give me or a local snake expert in your area a call, and we can remove the snakes from your property for you. I use many snake control methods - from snake traps, to snake repellents, to habitat modification, but most of all, good old-fashioned capture and removal. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Snakes page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals including snakes inside houses. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or Florida snake removal issues.

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