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Gray Ratsnake - Pantherophis spiloides

(Duméril, Bibron and Duméril, 1854)
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  Adult, Liberty County, Florida  
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  Adult, Liberty County, Florida
 
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Adult in habitat, Sullivan County, Tennessee
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  Adult, Sullivan County, Tennessee  
     
Habitat
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Habitat, Liberty County, Florida
Habitat, Liberty County, Florida  
     
Short Videos
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I spotted a ratsnake basking in the woods in Tennessee so I turned the video camera on and walked towards it. It moved away slowly and after a few minutes it began to buzz the tip of its tail in the dry leaves to scare me away. This behavior could be an imitation of the rattling of a rattlesnake, or it could just be a defensive behavior similar to that which caused the evolution of the rattlesnake's rattle. This is a shorter version of the video to the left that shows only the tail buzzing behavior of the ratsnake. A Gray Ratsnake in a Florida forest.



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