In the Wild
slash pine rockland
The rosy rat snake inhabits
nearly all terrestrial habitats in the Florida Keys including pine
rocklands, tropical hardwood hammocks, mangrove swamps, and disturbed
areas. It is the most common snake in many areas. It is often seen at
night climbing on bushes, fences, and even the walls of buildings. There
is one report of a specimen found climbing on the window of a restaurant
at night, while another was found on a bush in a garden.
and mangroves in a disturbed area
They commonly utilize cover objects such as carpets, boards,
and rocks. The Keys are bisected by the busy highway US 1.
Many would be surprised to learn that road cruising is also
an effective method for finding corn snakes in the Keys.
They are so common that multiple specimens can often be
found at a night just off of US 1 on both neighborhood
streets and the few short roads through natural habitats.
A carpet that
revealed numerous land hermit crabs and a rosy rat snake