Smokey Everglades Rat Snake
Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni
In the spring of 2012 we acquired an unusual rat snake that
was found by Nick Mesa and Alan Rivero in the sugar cane
fields south of Lake Okeechobee in Glades County, Florida. This snake had a smokey gray
appearance, so we nicknamed him "Smokey Glades." This snake
appeared to be an anerythristic morph. There was no visible
red or orange coloration as one might typically see in the
Everglades or South Florida yellow rat snakes of the area
(see our other Captive Breeding Projects
pages for notes on those variations). The only yellow
coloration visible was on the head, neck, and part of the
belly. This is not surprising since yellow coloration still
occurs on the head and neck of anerythristic corn snakes.
The yellow coloration on yellow rat snakes and Everglades
rat snakes is often brighter on the head and neck. We
speculate that the yellow coloration on the head and neck
might be the result of a different pigment than the one that
produces yellow coloration on the body.
mates with a beautiful female Hypo Everglades rat snake
We are excited about the breeding possibilities from this
new morph. Luckily, Smokey has proven to be quite a stud. He
mated several times with one of our female hypo (hypomelanistic)
Everglades rat snake and she produced a nice clutch of eggs.
If Smokey is displaying a recessive trait, the offspring
from this mating will be double heterozygous for
anerythristic and hypo. If bred together, statistically one
baby out of sixteen should display both traits. This is
still a few years off, but we got very lucky with the chance
for offspring in such short order.
hypo Everglades rat produced a great looking clutch of eggs
fathered by Smokey Glades