Order Squamata Colubridae snakes

Graduation Requirements
Science Biological
Equipment/Materials Needed

Snake enclosure
Snake care equipment
Snake food supply


Colubridae the largest snake family, and includes just over 51% of all known living snake species.

Badge Completion Requirements


Colubridae (/kəˈluːbrɪdiː/, commonly known as colubrids /ˈkɒljʊbrɪdz/, from Latin Coluber, snake) is a family of snakes. With 524 genera and approximately 1,760 species, it is the largest snake family and includes just over 51% of all known living snake species. Colubrid snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica

With these similarities aside, members of the Colubridae family of snakes are incredibly diverse. The colubrid snakes come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and characteristics. Some colubrids are ground-dwellers while others are almost entirely arboreal. Some are aquatic while others are rarely found near bodies of water. Some primarily eat amphibians and fish, while others eat rodents. Some colubrids (like the kingsnake) eat other snakes, including venomous species.

  • They lack a pelvic girdle (making them different from constrictors, etc.)
  • They lack a functioning left lung (where only a tiny sac remains)
  • With most colubrid snakes, the head is covered by large, plate-like scale

The following is a list of the families included in Colubridae:


Head Scales for Colubriadae


Caudal Scales


Let's take a closer look at the common rat snakes.

In the snake world, basically, there are there types of feeders, gulpers, constructors, and venomous. 




Discuss the primary food source for rat snakes  

In captivity, explain good rat snakes care

Prior to getting a rat snake develop a list of materials that will be required

With the approval of a supervising adult, develop an enclosure and secure a rat snake

Care for the rat snake for 6 months

Make a weekly observation and record care

Please develop and submit a presentation demonstrating your understanding of Colubridae. Please include the above "prompts" in your presentation