Gulf Hammock Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta williamsi

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Below: An adult Gulf Hammock rat snake from our colony displaying the combination of stripes and blotches associated with the form

Gulf Hammock rat snake Elaphe obsoleta williamsi

The Gulf Hammock rat snake hails from the center of Florida's Nature Coast in Levy County, Florida. Many consider this snake to be an intergrade between the gray rat snake and the yellow rat snake, though it is distinct from intergrades from other areas.  Unlike other related rat snakes, the Gulf Hammock rat snake displays a combination of stripes and blotches throughout life.

Below: An adult Gulf Hammock rat snake with thick blotches

Gulf Hammock rat snake Elaphe obsoleta williamsi Levy County, Florida

The nicest examples of this form have a pleasant mahogany brown "motley" pattern on a silver or pinkish background. Though this form is common in the wild in its small range, the most beautiful specimens are few and far between. We have spent considerable time in the field in the range of williamsi and that,  combined with networking with other breeders through the years, has enabled us to put together a colony of exceptional examples.

Below: An outstanding subadult Gulf Hammock rat snake from our colony that exemplifies the most attractive color and pattern traits of williamsi

Gulf Hammock rat snake Elaphe obsoleta williamsi Subadult

Below: A high contrast hatchling Gulf Hammock rat snake from our colony

Gulf Hammock rat snake Elaphe obsoleta williamsi Juvenile

Below: An exceptional hatchling Gulf Hammock rat snake that we are raising up to be a future breeder in our colony.

Gulf Hammock rat snake Elaphe obsoleta williamsi Juvenile

 

 

In the Wild

At the heart of Florida's Nature Coast is a region of coastal forests known as the Gulf Hammock. Inland of the salt marsh fringe, the dominant habitat is hydric hammock, a dark, wet hardwood forest overlaying a lime stone base. This is a region of biological transition where many typical Florida peninsular species and habitats grade into those more typical of the Florida panhandle.

Below: Hydric hammocks border a river flowing through the Gulf Hammock

Gulf Hammock Levy County, FL

The range of williamsi is roughly the coastal region north of the Withlacoochee River and south of the Suwannee River in Levy County. About 15 miles inland of the coast, the Brooksville Ridge rises from the coastal lowlands. This region of sandhills and upland hammocks is inhabited by basically pure yellow rat snakes. Slight influence of the Gulf Hammock rat snake can be seen in Citrus County and Dixie County, but the main part of the range is confined to Levy County.

Below: A big adult Gulf Hammock rat snake found crossing a dirt road on a spring evening

Gulf Hammock rat snake Elaphe obsoleta williamsi crossing road

Rat snakes are some of the most common serpents of this region. They display traits of both the yellow rat snake typical of the peninsula and the gray rat snake typical of the panhandle.  In the late spring or early summer, an evening cruise down one of the many lime rock roads dividing the forests in this region might reveal several of these big gray serpents soaking up the waning heat of the day. Dusky pygmy rattlesnakes, bluestripe garter snakes, and bluestripe ribbon snakes  are also common sights.

Below: A wild subadult Gulf Hammock rat snake with glowing orange eyes

Gulf Hammock rat snake Elaphe obsoleta williamsi

 

 

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