Question 11 of 12

Which of these snakes has a conspicuous change of color pattern as it grows and matures?


Choose an option from the pictures below:


Nope! This is Lampropeltis triangulum, the scarlet king snake. Although the intensity of their color often increases with age, the pattern remains the same.


Correct! This is a baby yellow rat snake, Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata. Their color pattern changes strikingly when they grow to about 12 to 18 inches long.


Correct! This is a baby black racer, Coluber constrictor. When they are about a foot or so long, this blotched pattern disappears and is replaced by a glossy solid black on the back.


Correct! This is an adult cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus. They are much more boldly patterned when young, and are sometimes mistaken for copperheads, even in parts of Florida where copperheads don't occur.