Gray Ratsnake

Pantherophis spiloides

(formerly Elaphe spiloides)


Description:   COMING SOON


Life History:

Range: Statewide

Additional Notes: Sometimes also referred to as a ‘chicken snake’ for their habit of entering chicken coops to feed on the eggs and chicks.

Behavior: When confronted, this snake may assume a strike stance and rapidly vibrate its tail. This species is a very good climber and will raid bird houses and nests of eggs and chicks.

Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee: None

Distribution of the Gray Ratsnake in Tennessee

Map by Susan Marden, TWRA, GIS Lab