At the Detroit Zoo
The Mandarin rat snake can be found inside the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, located near the middle of the park. There, visitors can learn about the 70 different species (and approximately 180 individuals) of reptiles at the Detroit Zoo, one-fifth of which are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.
The snake's upper head is yellow and the labials are white, except for three broad, black cross-bands. Its upper body and tail are purplish-gray or even reddish, with a series of conspicuous, yellow-margined, yellow-centered, black saddles separated from one another by length of one to two scales.
Scientific name: Elaphe mandarina
Habitat: Rain forests, farmland, areas with dense vegetation, grasses, shrubs, rocky areas and rice fields
Size: 39 to 78 inches
Weight: 1 pound
Diet: Small mammals and birds
Reproduction: Clutch of three to 12 eggs that hatch after 48 to 55 days of incubation
Lifespan: 20 to 25 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern