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Behavioral Ecology

Black rat snake - Pantherophis obsoletus




  • 42-72 inches total length
  • Found in forested areas
  • Active during day when cool, at night when hot
  • Feed on rodents, rabbits, birds, bird eggs, frogs and lizards

brat map


Interesting fact:
  • Black rat snakes are excellent climbers and have adaptations that allow them to climb straight up rough vertical surfaces.  This allows them to more easily prey on bird nests.