In late August, I joined a night kayak to the Cockspur Island lighthouse as a storm rolled by northward, probably near Hilton Head Island.
A juvenile rat snake (Pantherophis obsoletus) found at the Historic Ogeechee Canal. The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory reports that the Yellow Rat Snake is the common subspecies found in Coastal Georgia (P. obsoletus quadrivittata), whereas the Grey Rat Snake (P. obsoletus spilotes) is found inland. I’ve found a couple of adult Yellow Rat Snakes on Armstrong State University’s campus, but clear identification of juveniles is more difficult.
This individual had been constricting a green anole (Anolis carolinensis) when I encountered it, but release its large prey item when Amos began to investigate.