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Eastern Ratsnake

Pantherophis alleghaniensis


Approximately 1 meter (just over three feet) long and up to 3 cm. wide. White chin and neck, but I was unable to observe whether the white underside continued down the belly. Generally thick body relative to its length.


Observed mid-day next to my house located in an area of hardwood forest and some farm fields.


Although this snake froze a few times when I moved and, at one point, slowly retreated for cover, it generally moved slowly and did not react to my presence. This species is now classified in the genus Pantherophis, but it formerly was known as Elaphe obsoleta.

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 4 years ago


Doren B
Spotted by
Doren B

West Virginia, USA

Lat: 38.41, Long: -81.59

Spotted on May 4, 2015
Submitted on May 5, 2015

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