Natural Selection

By Jaimitio Horta

History of Rat Snakes

All snakes react the same way if they are to get startled. The snake will bite if threatened, even if the snake is non- venomous. With rat snakes, they have a wide variety of different colors. With these colors, it shows that they are adapted to their environment. They can be yellow with black stripes or orange with a greenish. These snakes are found in wooded areas, mountains, or coastal regions.

How it became part of Natural Selection

When the rat snake is a brighter color, they can blend in with just about anything. In the forest, they can blend in with a brown tree for survival. Brown snakes have a bigger chance of living in the forest without having to worry. The brown snake can blend in with trees or the dirt so predators will not capture and kill them. When living in the forest, these snakes can blend in with anything so animals do not capture them. Rat snakes can range up to 10 feet long. Most biggest seen has been ranged to 6 feet long. There are many different rat snakes (Texas rat snake, Black rat snake, and many more.)

The future

Over the next few decades, you most likely would see more darker colored snakes than lighter colored snakes. You will see darker ones more often because predators will not be able to see them through the forest. With light colored ones like yellow, green, orange, they will most likely be captured, killed, and eaten. The light ones can be fast but they still are most likely going to get captured and they will most likely not get free depending on the predator. Dark snakes have a chance because they don't have to worry about getting captured. Dark snakes can also hide in dark areas and be protected even more.v