Thursday, October 18, 2012

Corn Snake - Whitfield County

The Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus) is one of the most strikingly patterned colubrids of north Georgia. Individuals vary greatly in color. They can be found in a wide variety of habitats. This one was discovered along the edge of a pine woodland. It was very defensive upon my arrival, striking at me several times. Corn Snakes are often found in trees, searching for arboreal prey such as birds, bird eggs, lizards, and treefrogs. Apparently, the name is a holdover from when these snakes were commonly found in southern corncribs. They were drawn in by the abundance of rodents that were foraging on the stored crops. Farmers began calling them "Corn Snakes" and the name stuck. It is one of the more common snake species in Georgia but its overall range is somewhat restricted to the southeast.

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