Rainbow Snake

What does the rainbow snake look like?

The rainbow snake can reach lengths up to 66” inches. Adults are blackish with three red stripes running horizontally down the center of the back. Their under belly is red or pink with two to three rows of black spots. They have yellow on the head and sides. Their dark eyes are small and round. Females are longer then the males but have a shorter more blunt tail tip. Juvenile rainbow snakes look like the adults except they usually do not have any yellow.

Where is the rainbow snake found in Montgomery County?

The rainbow snake spends its life around ponds, lakes, marshes, creeks, or any other water way. Occasionally the rainbow snake is removed from backyards that are in close range to or boarder a lake or creek or other type of wetlands. However, no Montgomery County pest control company, or snake control company has reported removing the rainbow snake from inside a home or building.

What animals pray of the rainbow snake?

Blue herrings, owls, hawks, fox, raccoons, opossums, and coyotes will eat a rainbow snake. Large snapping turtles may also feed on a rainbow snake.

Is the rainbow snake venomous?

The rainbow snake is not venomous. This snake is not aggressive but may bite if harassed or if it feels threatened.

What does the rainbow snake eat?

The rainbow snake eats aquatic life such as minnows and other small fish, frogs, tadpoles, and earthworms.

What are the habits of the rainbow snake?

The rainbow snake is seldom seen even by naturalist. This secretive snake spends most of its time in the water and does not bask on rocks like most other Montgomery County snakes.

What are the hibernation habits of the rainbow snake?

The rainbow snake will hibernate in burrows other animals have abandoned or under rocks, in logs, in a rotted tree stump or any other area that provides protection from the freezing winter temperatures. The hibernation den must maintain a little moisture to prevent the snake from drying out over the winter.

What are the reproduction habits of the rainbow snake?

This species mates in spring (April or May) after emerging from hibernation. In June or July she will lay her eggs in a rotted tree stump or log or under rocks. On average the female rainbow snake will lay around 20 eggs however larger (older) females may lay up to 50 eggs at one time. The eggs hatch is August or September. After the new born babies are hatched they are on their own and start the hunt for food before hibernation starts.