The adults can have some color variations, but typically the black rat snake is black with some white coloration between the scales. Gray rat snakes can potentially be mistaken for copperheads with their varied pale to dark gray coloring marked with a pattern of dark gray or brown blotches.
Rat snakes (or ratsnakes) are members – along with kingsnakes, milk snakes, vine snakes and indigo snakes – of the subfamily Colubrinae of the family Colubridae.They are medium to large constrictors and are found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere.They feed primarily on rodents and birds.With some species exceeding 2.5 m (8 ft) in total length, they can occupy top levels of some ...
Pantherophis obsoletus – also known as the western rat snake, black rat snake, pilot black snake, or simply black snake – is a non-venomous species of Colubridae found in central North America.No subspecies are currently recognized. Its color variations include the Texas ratsnake.
The Virginia Herpetological Society receives many request each year for snake identifications. The vast majority (44%) of the snakes we are asked to identify turn-out to be harmless, juvenile, eastern ratsnakes (Pantherophis alleghaniensis).The eastern ratsnake also known as the black rat snake is found statewide in Virginia and has adapted well to an existence around people and the rodents ...
Black rat snake Gray Yellow Integrades . Description: Adult rat snakes are typically 3-5 ft (91-152 cm), but large individuals may be more than 6 ft (183 cm) long. The appearance of rat snakes varies greatly throughout the geographic range. Black rat snakes are more northern in distribution and are characteristically black on top with a faint ...
The former species is the black rat snake, the latter is the black racer. Black racers are slender snakes that are of uniform dull black color (except for their white chins). They are animals of many habitats, but especially semi-open brushy areas. Through their speedy movements they earn their name "racer."
That black garden snake crawling through your lettuce may actually be a black rat snake, a carnivorous reptile that's native to eastern parts of North America. Because it's non-venomous, the black rat snake isn't a hazard to humans; but if you have rodent problems, it may be your new best friend.
Juvenile Black rat snake, Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta, native to North America. Black rat snake, Elaphe obsoletus, (Panteropsis obsoletus), juvenile, Pennsylvania. Aesculapian snake (Elaphe longissima, Zamenis longissimus), juvenile creeping over a stone on the forest ground, Greece, Chalkidiki.
Black rat snakes are found in the wild in Canada and the United States, are excellent climbers, and can even swim when necessary. Their smaller size and less demanding temperature requirements compared to other snakes make black rat snakes popular pets both among first-time snake owners and experienced snake handlers.
The species most often mistaken for an eastern ratsnake in Virginia is the northern black racer. Both the eastern ratsnake and the northern black racer have a juvenile pattern that does not resemble the adult version. Unlike the eastern ratsnake which has weakly keeled scales, the scales of the northern black racer are smooth.