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Black rat snake

Pantherophis obsoletus


Very long and skinny black snake sunning itself on a rock wall.


I was in the north Georgia mountains on top of Brasstown Bald at an elevation of about 1450m.


I was very surprised to see this snake. First it was October and second it was at an elevation of 1450m. It was sunning itself and didn't mind at all as I approached it to take its picture.

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Black rat snake
Pantherophis obsoletus

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shebebusynow 9 years ago

When in college I lived on the South Side of Chicago with my pet black rat snake. He was far more effective a deterrent to intruders, in his terrarium in the front window, than a security service sticker. He was a hit with the neighbor children. And when he roamed the apartment (he was an escape artist) he no doubt controlled the considerable rat population. A generally calm and friendly snake.

RDB 9 years ago

Thanks a lot Kevin!

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Oct 5, 2007
Submitted on Sep 20, 2012

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