Great Plains Ratsnake (Great Plains Rat Snake)
This member of the ratsnake group is seldom seen. It has numerous brown blotches along the body, a brown eye stripe, and a spearpoint marking on top of the head. This medium-sized snake has a light gray or brownish-gray ground color, patterened with dark brown blotches bordered with black. A dark brown stripe between the eyes extends through each eye, along the sides of the head, and onto the neck. There is a spearpoint-shaped marking on top of the head. The belly is white with bold, squarish black markings, and black or dark gray stripes under the tail.
Similar species: The prairie kingsnake is more common in our state. Its markings are different, including two rows of smaller blotches along the sides; a backward-pointing, arrowhead-shaped mark on top of the head; and a yellow belly with rectangular brown markings. It lacks the brown stripe passing through the eyes and along the sides of the head.