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Black Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta

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6 Comments

BareFeat
BareFeat 9 years ago

Not poisonous at all. Last one I found let me pick him right up and was checking us out as much as we him for a moment. Then he dropped the stank, and we quickly put him down. Disgusting. haha :)

ChrisSpada
ChrisSpada 9 years ago

this one was a pretty good size about 4ft in length. I wanted to get a little closer but wasn't sure if it was poisonous

MikeVanValen
MikeVanValen 9 years ago

Black Ratsnakes can be quite common in some areas of Connecticut. I know of a few dens. This species needs mature forests which are disappearing in the southwestern portion of the state.

BareFeat
BareFeat 9 years ago

Nice spotting for that area, i've hiked extensively in new england and only come upon a few.

ChrisSpada
ChrisSpada 9 years ago

Thanks Mike for the ID

MikeVanValen
MikeVanValen 9 years ago

Eastern (Black) Ratsnake (Pantherophis allegheniensis)

ChrisSpada
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ChrisSpada

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Jun 5, 2011
Submitted on Jun 5, 2011

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