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Eastern Ratsnake

Pantherophis alleghaniensis


An Eastern Ratsnake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis), also known as a Black Ratsnake, spotted near the boardwalk that goes through the wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park. The snake is coiled in a small cavity on the side of a dead tree, approximately eight feet above the water surface. This is the best shot I could get from my limited viewpoint on the boardwalk.


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


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Geodialist 5 years ago

Neil's ID was verified by PN spotter "kcurtain" (via private communication). Thanks for your help, "k!"

NeilDazet 7 years ago

Nice one! I love it when the rat snakes are spotted in trees. I have a similar spotting from last year ( when I photographed two black rat snakes mating in small tree cavity just like your pictures here. Glad to be following you now, you have some cool spottings!

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Virginia, USA

Lat: 38.76, Long: -77.10

Spotted on May 17, 2012
Submitted on May 18, 2012

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