– The black rat snake is a nonvenomous species of snake found in North America.
– They are typically found in wooded or rocky areas, and are known for their ability to climb trees.
– They are also common around farms and outbuildings, as they feed on rodents such as rats and mice.
– They can grow to be quite large, with some individuals reaching over 6 feet in length.
– Black Rat Snakes are considered beneficial as they help control rodent population.
– They have glossy black scales that gives them their name.
– They are known for their docile nature and are not typically aggressive towards humans.
– They are a constrictor snake, meaning they kill their prey by suffocating them
– They hibernate in the winter, typically in rock crevices, mammal burrows or hollow trees.
– They are also considered a threatened species in some areas due to habitat loss and over collection for the pet trade.