Rosy Rat Snake Elaphe guttata rosacea

PRICE FOR CB BABIES: $35-55 each


Below: A beautifully colored wild caught adult Green Swamp corn snake that we retained for our colony

Rosy Rat Snake Elaphe guttata rosacea

Rosy Rat Snake Elaphe guttata rosacea Ventral

Rosacea is not recognized as a valid subspecies by many scientists, but is, at the very least, a distinct geographic race of corns from the Florida Keys. The form is characterized by greatly reduced black coloration and a more slender profile than the average corn snake. The reduction of black gives these pretty snakes the “rosy” look. The colors are variable; most specimens have blotches of varying shades of orange on a lighter orange or gray background. The pattern is often more indistinct than the typical corn and the belly pattern is faintly visible or absent.

Below: Another outstanding wild caught specimen in our breeding group.

Green Swamp Corn Snake Elaphe guttata guttata Adult female


Below: An F1 subadult holdback produced by our adult breeders

Green Swamp Corn Snake Elaphe guttata guttata

 Like a few other Florida localities, Green Swamp corn snakes are a bit on the smaller side, with adults averaging between three and four feet. In the wild, babies usually take lizards or tree frogs as first meals. Some captive bred babies can be picky eaters. Ask us about out of the egg or guaranteed lizard feeder discounts.

Below: A captive bred juvenile showing reduced black coloration, a look which pops up in this locality from time to time

Green Swamp Corn Snake Elaphe guttata guttata Juvenile


In the Wild

At the heart of Central Florida is a unique natural region known as the Green Swamp. In this area, the Florida aquifer is close to the surface, which makes it an important source of water for the cities of Tampa and Orlando. The Green Swamp contains the headwaters for the Hillsborough, Withlacoochee, Little Withlacoochee, Oklawaha, and the Peace Rivers. The area is covered by a mosaic of habitats including floodplain forests, cypress swamps, marshes, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks. Much of the area has been converted to agriculture or development, but substantial natural areas still remain.

Below: A The headwaters of the Withlacoochee River in the Green Swamp

Withlacoochee River Green Swamp


Below: Pine flatwoods and cypress domes in the Green Swamp

Pine Flatwoods Green Swamp Florida

Corn snakes are common in flatwoods and disturbed areas, even around houses and in gardens. Growing up in the Green Swamp, the author (Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents) found many of these snakes around the house, especially in his mother's garden. Juveniles and subadults could often be found at night, stalking anoles as they slept on the branches and leaves of low growing bushes. They were also found climbing on fences and the walls of the barn and the house itself. Shining a light around the house at night proved to be a very effective method for finding corn snakes, as well as their yellow rat snake brethren, which seemed to be behaving in a very similar manner.


Below: A corn snake from Mom's rose garden. "Every rose has its corn."

Green Swamp Corn Snake Elaphe guttata guttata

Other field herping methods such as road cruising and flipping cover objects have proven to be effective for corn snakes in the Green Swamp, though we have never found them in large numbers as in other areas of Florida.


Below: A corn snake found at night eating a brown anole

Green Swamp Corn Snake Elaphe guttata guttata Brown Anole Anolis sagrei

 2004 was a notable year for Central Florida. It was hit by three hurricanes in the same year. Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne brought high winds and caused extensive damage to both structures and trees. This actually created an interesting situation for field herping in the area. Bill boards, signs, and pieces of buildings were littered about, increasing the opportunities for flipping cover objects. Many trees were toppled. Some just had their tops snapped off. Standing dead trees provided shelter for corn snakes, which took refuge under the loosening bark. The increased herping opportunities led to increased corn snakes finds, which enabled us to observe the natural variation seen in that species. 


Below: Daniel with a corn snake found under the bark of a hickory tree. The top of the tree was snapped off by Hurricane Charley and fell on the roof of the house seen in the photo. The rotten trunk had to be cut down several years later after it had become a threat to fall on the house. Three corn snakes were found under the loose bark.

Daniel Parker Green Swamp Corn Snake Elaphe guttata guttata



Click Here to check us out on Facebook