Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Bred animal myself,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
New York, United States
Posted Jan 04, 2016
The central or gray ratsnake, is, in many habitats, one of the most-commonly encountered species in the American Southeast. Despite this, it has largely been overlooked by snake enthusiasts. Therefore, most offered for sale are wild caught, and may be difficult to handle at first. A vet exam is recommended if you are not sure of your pet’s origins.
I’ve always favored this snake, because its attractive, muted colors vary greatly across the range, where it often inter-breeds with related ratsnake species and subspecies. It is an ideal candidate for breeders interested in producing color morphs and hybrids, and I believe it will increase in popularity once more hobbyists “discover” it. I've kept several in zoo exhibits, and they never failed to attract interest and questions from even the most experienced of snake keepers. Its care follows that of corn snakes and similar species, but it seems a bit more active than others, and loves to climb. As the central ratsnake has a potential size of 6 feet, be sure to plan for a sizable enclosure.