Snake Park
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Black Rat Snake

Common Name: Black Rat Snake

Scientific Name: Pantherophis obsoletus

Diet: Black rat snakes mostly eat small rodents, such as mice, rats, moles and chipmunks. 

Overview: It is a non-venomous species of Colubridae found in central North AmericaAdults can become quite large, with a reported typical total length (including tail) of 106.5–183 cm.

Reproduction: Mating takes place in late May and early June. The female lays about 12 to 20 eggs, which are 36–60 mm

Natural Enemies: When not fully grown, rat snakes are subject to predation by many animals, including other snakes. They are readily preyed on by mammalian carnivores and large birds of prey

Conservation Status and Threats: Rat snakes live in a variety of habitats; some overlap each other. Rat snakes are excellent climbers and spend time in trees. They live in habitats ranging from a rocky hillside to flat farmland.

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