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Western rat snake

Elaphe obsolete


These are the most commonly encountered large snakes in most of North Carolina. They have highly variable color patterns, ranging from solid black in the mountains and Piedmont to yellowish-green with dark stripes in the Coastal Plain. They are very strong constrictors and can climb trees.


Seen at Mason Farm Biological Reserve while helping with maintenance there. The snake was not happy with me photographing it and it lunged at me after a few shots but it stayed in the tree.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Thanks, Rosa Maria. It was a large snake and did lunge at me after getting tired of me taking photos with my little point and shoot but it was just warning me to "get out of my face!"

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 6 years ago

That's insane! It looks huge. Be safe and thanks for sharing.

Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Apr 22, 2014
Submitted on Apr 23, 2014

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