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Black Rat Snake

Pantherophis obsoletus


Nearly walked onto this brownish / black 5 foot long snake in the grass returning from a hike in the woods at a friends wild wood property. It kept quite still while I examined it. I walked away and asked a friend for an identification and the beautiful creature waited for us to discuss the reason it was there. It could have been returning from the creek below us to take food and water.


Woodland and a water source.

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Ripley, Ohio, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2012
Submitted on May 13, 2012

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