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Black Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta


I observed this particular Black Rat Snake living in the same tree for over one month at Huntley Meadows Park. The snakeskin spotting was observed 4 days after this spotting. Black Rat Snake is the largest snake in Virginia, growing up to eight feet long. It is mostly black, with some white showing between its scales. The belly is also white. Black Rat Snakes are found in forests, fields, marshes, and farmland. In the Spring and Fall, these snakes are very active during the day; in the Summer they are more active at night. Rat Snakes are skillfull climbers. They will climb high in trees to find prey. They will also hide in old woodpecker holes. Black Rat Snakes are known to climb rafters in barns and similar buildings.


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

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I love snakes they are my favorite reptile. the black rat snake is not venomous but it does bite.

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jun 7, 2012
Submitted on Jul 2, 2012


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