Rat Snake (Ptyas mucosa)

Rat snakes are one of the most commonly seen snakes in India; people often mistake rat snakes as cobras as the colouration is occasionally similar.

There is a myth that cobras mate with rat snakes which is not true. Female cobras have their hood up and males do not when they mate. This confuses people. These snakes grow up to 8ft. They are usually found near civilization as that’s where rats are plentiful. Diet also consists of birds and other small animals like frogs. Being diurnal in nature and arboreal or terrestrial based on their need for food or rest. This rat snake was in the middle of shedding its skin.

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