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Juvenile snake (approximately 12-14" long) with distinct markings of black/dark brown or gray on cream. They will grow to be 3 1/2 to 7 feet in length.
Kansas City, Missouri suburb in a backyard garden pond.
It has been identified as a juvenile Eastern Rat Snake. I thought perhaps a baby black rat snake but a conservation agent thought it was either a black racer or prairie king snake juvenile.
Spotted on Jun 2, 2020
Submitted on Jun 11, 2020