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Black Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta


Approximately six feet with black body and white and black patterned belly.


Wooded areas, fields, and farms.


Found in NY section of Appalachian trail in bushes near fresh water lake. He was fairly calm when I picked him up and when I went to let him go he decided not to let me go and hung out on my arm for about ten minutes until I nudged him off onto a log. Even then he stuck around and slid up over my shoulder and down my back to leave.

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SaraPaige626 8 years ago

Yes I caught it in some small bushes on a section of the Appalachian Trail in NY

NeilDazet 8 years ago

Hi Sara. Welcome to the Project Noah Nature Community. See the FAQs for questions, and the chats for more specific questions. This is quite an impressive grab for one of your first spottings! I'm impressed.

namitha 8 years ago

Awesome spotting, is that your hand, are you holding it?

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New York, USA

Spotted on May 27, 2013
Submitted on Nov 10, 2013

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