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Are yellow rat snakes good pets?

Yellow rat snakes, Elaphe obsolete quadrivittata, make fine pets – once they are accustomed to being handled and you get used to dealing with a snake that can, and will, bite. Yellow rat snakes with ordinary coloration usually are inexpensive and most often available from neighborhood pet shops.

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Hereof, how long can a yellow rat snake get?

The yellow rate snake can reach up to ten feet but, in general, will grow as big as five to seven feet. These snakes are nonvenomous; however, there have been cases where some yellow rates snakes have been found to contain small doses of venom.

what is a yellow rat snake? The yellow rat snake, or chicken snake, is known to feed on domestic fowl (i.e. chickens) and their eggs. This practice is how they came to receive one of their common names, "chicken snake". Like pythons and boas, rat snakes are constrictors, which suffocate their prey.

Keeping this in consideration, can a rat snake hurt you?

Like nearly all colubrids, rat snakes pose no threat to humans. Rat snakes were long believed to be completely nonvenomous, but recent studies have shown that some Old World species do possess small amounts of venom, though the amount is negligible relative to humans.

Do rat snakes need UVB?

In the wild, snakes have a natural cycle of day and night -- light and darkness. You don't need to buy any special UVB bulbs for your rat snake. Lizards and turtles need this kind of UV exposure, but snakes don't. They might benefit from such exposure, but they don't necessarily need it to survive.

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