Rat Snakes have a color scheme that defies easy description. These
animals have to be examined, turned this way and that way,
contemplated, and then revisited on a regular basis to make sure what
you’ve seen wasn’t all in your imagination. Their color scheme is
complicated, subtle and takes a little time to fully appreciate. And
when you add in the great variability that occurs between individuals,
the situation becomes a bit mind boggling. Pinks, reds, oranges,
yellows, purples, white—all overlaid with a metallic sheen resembling
brushed aluminum. What did Nature have in mind when she created a
snake of such sophisticated, subtle beauty?
Vivid Reptile’s Metallic Rat Snakes are descended from locality specific
individuals of the far eastern race of bairdi. Fortuitously, Vivid
Reptiles is located in the very heart of this range. The locality from
which these animals originate produces specimens with a far greater
breadth of both color and pattern variation than seen in the western or Mexican
populations. The environment that produced the Metallics is
disappearing at an alarming rate due to habitat destruction and lack of
intelligent range management. Wild individuals are increasingly harder
to come across—often years will go by without seeing a wild snake.
It’s taken many years of hard work to be able to offer the extraordinary
Metallic Rat Snake lines at Vivid Reptiles. If their beauty weren’t
enough, our Metallic Ra Snakes are the most relaxed of rat snakes and
make superior captives.