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Spotting

Description:

Large black snake with a light colored belly. Thin but long

Habitat:

We live in the woods but it was in chicken coop

Notes:

Snake stayed in chicken coop for 3 days before disappearing. Always in the same spot. Not the 1st black snake I've found in the coop but this one wasn't as big around and was very shiny.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Texas ratsnake
Pantherophis obsoleteus


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6 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Well we wouldn't be like that if people wouldn't use the same name for 5+ species ;) It's so confusing!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 years ago

Ironically, from the link I posted, I learned that herpetologists are extremely picky about common names. lol

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Wiki usually takes several years to get updated haha. And "black snake" is a terrible common name! Just as bad as "chicken snake", drives me crazy when people use that because it refers to many species and they never know what it actually is haha

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 years ago

Oh, I didn't know because Wiki doesn't give that many specifics and even referred to it as Texas blacksnake. If you drop the "Texas", can it also be called simply a black snake? 0:-)

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

The common name is black rat snake or western rat snake. The name Texas rat snake was a subspecies, but when the genus switched to Pantherophis from Elaphe they got rid of subspecies for this specific species.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 years ago

Here's a matching photo with some info: http://mdc.mo.gov/media/image/texas-rats...

KimCozad
Spotted by
KimCozad

Fulton, Missouri, USA

Spotted on May 30, 2015
Submitted on Jun 2, 2015

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