This gray ratsnake was salvaged by the Kalamazoo Nature Center and mounted for the museum's education collection by Waddell Creek Taxidermy.
The gray ratsnake, Pantherophis spiloides, isthe largest snake in the Great Lakes region and can reach up to 257 centimeters in length. They prefer forested habitats but can also be found in fields, marshes, and prairies. They are excellent climbers and often climb trees to prey on nestling birds or eggs. Ratsnakes can be found in Michigan’s southern lower peninsula but their numbers declining due to habitat loss. They hibernate in the winter, sometimes seeking shelter in burrows created by other animals.
Discovery Kit: Zoology (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Zoology (April 2020) Zoologists and animal lovers alike can investigate unique animal specimens from habitats all around the world. Discover where these animals live, what they eat and what makes them special!