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Black Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta

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6 Comments

BareFeat
BareFeat 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 years ago

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

ChrisSpada
ChrisSpada 11 years ago

Thanks Mike for the ID

MikeVanValen
MikeVanValen 11 years ago

Eastern (Black) Ratsnake (Pantherophis allegheniensis)

ChrisSpada
Spotted by
ChrisSpada

Hartford, Connecticut, USA

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

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