Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Eastern Ratsnake

Pantherophis alleghaniensis


The eastern or black ratsnake is a solid, shiny black and grows to lengths of 42-72 in. (106.7-183 cm). It may show traces of a spotted pattern when the skin is stretched, as after a meal. The light areas of skin between the scales may be white, yellow, orange, or red. The belly displays a vague checkerboard pattern of gray or brown on white or yellowish.


This is a terrestrial species that also climbs trees. It is found in a variety of habitats, including agricultural areas, most types of hardwood forest, isolated urban woodlots, and forested wetlands. Rat snakes are often found in barns and old buildings where preys on mice and other small rodents.


This snake had a red mite crawling on it, the mite is visible on the eye in the second photo.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

Spotted by

Maryland, USA

Spotted on Apr 17, 2016
Submitted on Apr 19, 2016

Related Spottings

Eastern Ratsnake Black Rat Snake Eastern Ratsnake Yellow Ratsnake

Nearby Spottings

Red Columbine Spotting Gold Backed Snipe Fly Spotting
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team